the false appearance of life-affirming activities

What if the model (image) for life-affirming acts is life-negating?
The vacation pictures on social media, the concerts, and the active lifestyle: when you need an escape from living, they orient you away from the reality of life into the unsustainable emotional image of fulfillment. The "image of life" is a peak placebo that, though fun, can capture and invert priorities even when you are aware of the seduction.

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