As it is with the democratic masses, so it is with the democratic prince. In reaction against what he perceives as the “money-grubbing” of his oligarchic father, he adopts an undisciplined, self-indulgent lifestyle that causes him to reject his earlier training and surrender to “insolence and anarchy and waste and impudence” (560e).
This internal imbalance leads to chaos in his daily life:
he lives from day to day indulging the appetite of the hour; and sometimes he is lapped in drink and strains of the flute; then he becomes a water-drinker, and tries to get thin; then he takes a turn at gymnastics. . . . His life has neither law nor order; and this distracted existence he terms joy and bliss and freedom. (561c-d)
Ce cultură, mă? Mă, cultură nu există în capitalism cultură, mă. La capitalism nu există decât banul. Cine plătește, atât. Aia-i cultura capitalismului. Cine plătește comandă muzica. Da’ voi de unde să știți astea? – Gigi Becali
Când Gigi Becali vorbește despre ceva, nu înveți nimic despre acel ceva, dar înveți destule despre Gigi Becali. In cazul asta, că omul e ceea ce se cheamă un filistin:
The people who believe most that our greatness and welfare are proved by our being very rich, and who most give their lives and thoughts to becoming rich, are just the very people whom we call the Philistines.
Matthew Arnold are o carte clasică despre cultură ca antidot la filistinism, la fetișizarea banului:
Culture says: “Consider these people, then, their way of life, their habits, their manners, the very tones of their voice; look at them attentively; observe the literature they read, the things which give them pleasure, the words which come forth out of their mouths, the thoughts which make the furniture of their minds; would any amount of wealth be worth having with the condition that one was to become just like these people by having it?”
Confesiunea unui fost trader, despre lăcomia și egoismul culturii de pe Wall Street:
But in the end, it was actually my absurdly wealthy bosses who helped me see the limitations of unlimited wealth. I was in a meeting with one of them, and a few other traders, and they were talking about the new hedge-fund regulations. Most everyone on Wall Street thought they were a bad idea. “But isn’t it better for the system as a whole?” I asked. The room went quiet, and my boss shot me a withering look. I remember his saying, “I don’t have the brain capacity to think about the system as a whole. All I’m concerned with is how this affects our company.”