Delfina Martinez Pandiani, College '17


In working to save our planet, some argue we should learn from ants. Ants have a perfect society, they say, as they all work—and do their small part to their 100%.

It is unfortunate that when human youngsters discover the power of the magnifying glass, some deliberately incinerate those dedicated workers.

It is even more unfortunate that when human grownups discover that power, some carelessly incinerate their own.

In the blindness of our collective narcissism, we are roasting ourselves. Too intoxicated with our own reflection, we are failing to notice that which, on its way far away from us, offers genuine splendor.





[A respected analyst at a major bank recently coined vanity capital to refer to the crucial market of conspicuous consumption, and—not to fear! —it is an exponentially growing one.]