Ways of Seeing IV

"The state of being envied is what constitutes glamour. And publicity is the process of manufacturing glamour.... Being envied is a solitary form of reassurance. It depends precisely upon not sharing your experience with those who envy you. You are observed with interest but you do not observe with interest - if you do, you will become less enviable. In this respect the envied are like bureaucrats; the more impersonal they are, the greater the illusion (for themselves and for others) of their power."

~ John Berger, Ways of Seeing