Alain de Botton, 34, is the author of Status Anxiety (Hamish Hamilton)
10 Ugliness. I get very upset by depressing hotel rooms and motorway underpasses. London is very ugly in parts. I’ve carved out a niche, I have my own house, which looks nice enough to me, but I fear being made to live in a horrible place.
9 Safety mechanisms in society breaking down. Take away certain barriers and things can get ugly quite quickly. That’s scary for the future. I’m not predicting anything, it’s just a feeling.
8 Feeling misunderstood. Underlying that is a fear of loneliness.…
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