I don't understand this. For millennia cultures from all over the world have valued beauty and attempted to make their surroundings pleasant and comforting. And then about 60 years the West threw that all out the window. How can people live like this, day after day in such soul-sucking hideous monotony? What's the cause? Is it mass-production? Is it the automobile eliminating the need to experience your environment to get places? Is it TV and vidya, allowing people to stay inside all the time? How can people tolerate such ugliness their entire lives? Perhaps this is part of why suicide and depression rates are skyrocketing.