When human beings are transformed into commodities, what can their conversation be but trivial?

Indeed, when human beings are transformed into commodities, what can their conversation be but trivial? Would commodities on the market, if they could speak, not talk about the customers, the behavior of the sales personnel, their own hopes of fetching a high price and their disappointment when it became clear that they would not be sold?
Erich Fromm, The Art of Being

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