I think you’re right that the on-demand lifestyle is an expression of freedom, but perhaps freedom gone awry. There is more stuff produced now than ever before — and at a faster rate. There is enough of any given type to keep people in their own silos — never venturing out to experience something new. I’m sure there are people who do venture out — I try to. But even I fall victim to that compulsive consumption impulse, to just find what I was already looking for and get into the comfort zone.

In short, freedom is great. But when we are so free that none of our instincts are constrained, but rather catered to, that seems bad. It seems like the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction.

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