Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Paul Valery: Liquid Modernity

"Interruption, incoherence, surprise are the ordinary conditions of our life. They have become real needs for many people, whose minds are no longer fed…by anything but sudden changes and constantly renewed stimuli… We can no longer bear anything that lasts. We no longer know how to make boredom bear fruit. So the whole question comes down to this: can the human mind master what the human mind has made?"

Paul Valery (1871-1945)
— Citation from Liquid Modernity, Zygmunt Bauman (2000)
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