Monday 20 November 2017

In a world that runs on pretence and duplicity, Mad Men rule

Life, real and fictional, revolves around people pretending to be who they are not, writes Jody Corcoran

As the fog thickens, all we can do is peer through the gloom at what seems to be nothing more than Mad Men at work, drinking, smoking and living a life imperfect. They make decisions on our behalf, and continue to do so.

The rights and wrongs of those decisions are, as yet, not fully known. But it is not that which preoccupies me. Rather, it is a world not far, if at all removed, from our own in which everybody can get away with being who they claim to be rather than with being who they are.

Whatever those decisions, or outcomes, it seems that we are doomed for, maybe, 15 years, the only question being to what extent. So we might just as well get on with it, and try to wring from life whatever joy we can. There is precious little else we can do: an election will only substitute one bunch of Mad Men for another one.

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