We got too accustomed to peaceful seas

Why don’t you gaze upon your IKEA table with wonder? This is a piece of furniture that couldn’t have existed a few decades ago. One such table could be imagined in Sweden and manufactured in China with trees from Romania. It may then transit in a shipping container on a 400-million-pound ship, on a truck to a warehouse in Los Angeles, on a train to Chicago and to your home, eventually. Such a table is yours for, say, $200 — until you get sick of it or decide to upgrade to a $400 table.



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