"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation... A stereotyped but unconscious despair ic concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work." Henry David Thoreau, Walden.
Proof that the Situationists nicked their ideas from Thoreau (well, not really), on his 192nd birthday.