In Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut wrote:
Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
Haha! What a rube! But it occurs to me that I have spent decades trying to construct a life that makes sense from things I find in a University Library. (Well, I actually find them online, but.)
It's worked out OK. It's definitely more lucrative than shopping. I'm content with it. But I'm not 100% sure it makes me superior.