Food for thought:
No one was more important than Herbert Marcuse to the effort to inject Frankfurt School’s cultural Marxism into the Boomer generation. His book Eros and Civilization, which became the Left’s bible in the 1960s, argued for replacing the “reality principle” with the “pleasure principle”. The result, Marcuse promised, would be a world of all play and no work.
The actual result has been a culture of instant gratification and with it the growing social pathologies now engulfing us. If we want to reverse America’s decline, we must again enthrone the reality principle. The reality principle says that to succeed, our actions must be based on reality, on conditions as they are and not as we might like them to be. This is especially urgent in five areas, where the relativities are:
[He then lists them at the end of that link]