This is not meant as a snub of non-members. There are lots of clubs I will never belong to. I will never have a daughter. I may never be a grandmother. I will never get into the club for men, Asians, twins or former Miss Americas. But my world was rocked when I got my mom card.
I saw it, though. I had been in such a good place, feeling so good about myself and my relationships all summer, and so I felt the shift dramatically. It was easy to identify how the shame and self-loathing sent me straight into a spiral of disconnection.
We are not meant to be in service to the economy. The economy is meant to be in service to us. Yet today many of us feel powerless to an economic system that is collectively leading to results that no one wants. We have been taught scarcity and hyper-individualism, that it is "us versus them." Nowhere more so than in business.
So scandal allows us to exercise socializing emotions, such as superiority and contempt, while providing a sense of superiority, not to mention a false connectedness to those we share gossip and hearsay.