This is a long, but brilliant essay.
I especially enjoyed the section on Music Instruments about 1/4 down the page.
theme argues the idea that civilization/society/humans create for the
sake of social status, not for the effect of the creation.
example: We choose to learn to play guitar to "be cool," or piano to
indicate we want to be thought of as high-class rather than because we
value the sounds of either of these instruments.
This can be incredibly earth-shattering to realize. I hope it's not 100% true, but there is plenty of evidence to show it is.
type of thinking may also inform the famous "Mac vs. PC vs. Linux"
debates. Do we choose our OS based on it's social significance or its
technical, productive and visual benefits?