The Velvet Ghetto

By Dustin Grinnell

We earn respectable incomes at a prestigious institution, but we are corporate drones living in a velvet ghetto. White-collar slaves to authoritarian leaders. Who demand and reward obedience. Who promote conformity and stamp out individuality. Who punish dissenters with ridicule or termination. We do what we’re told, or we’ll be shown the door. We remain obedient, present artificial identities, and avoid sincerity for the sake of civility. We are unfulfilled. We are melancholy. Always searching for more.

Dustin Grinnell is an essayist and fiction writer based in Boston.