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Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Dorsey, Marianne Williamson and the New Wellness Aristocracy

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How
Spiritual Snobs Became the New One Percent

Last
November, Jack Dorsey, the brains behind Twitter, declared that he
had gone on a 10-day silent retreat in Myanmar to practice Vipassana,
considered the oldest form of Buddhist meditation. Sounding more like
the Monk of Silicon Valley than the Disruptor of Wall Street, Dorsey
explained that giving up “devices, reading, writing, physical
exercise, music, intoxicants, meat, talking, or even eye contact with
others” was a “detox of all the noise in the world.” Never mind
that he conveniently forgot about Myanmar’s violence toward the
Rohingya minority, and not to mention that much of that noise is
amplified through the platform he invented. More telling was the
inadvertent revelation of the latest status symbol reserved for the
one percent: enlightenment. While you were busy downloading Headspace
and livestreaming Peloton, the extremely rich have been locked in a
holier-than-thou arms race to purge themselves of screens and
discover inner peace.

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