By Zygmunt Bauman
This liquid sleek international of ours, like every drinks, can't stand nonetheless and retain its form for lengthy. every thing retains altering - the models we persist with, the occasions that intermittently capture our recognition, the issues we dream of and issues we worry. And we, the population of this global in flux, believe the necessity to comply with its pace via being 'flexible' and continually able to switch. we wish to understand what's going and what's prone to ensue, yet what we get is an avalanche of data that threatens to weigh down us.
How are we to sift the data that truly issues from the lots of lifeless and inappropriate garbage? How are we to derive significant messages from mindless noise?
We face the daunting activity of attempting to distinguish the $64000 from the insubstantial, distil the issues that subject from fake alarms and flashes within the pan.
Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly because the traditional issues of daily life, hiding within the mild of misleading and...
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You don’t swear loyalty till death do you part, and you can expect everyone else to be ‘available’ whenever you need them, without, however, having to bear the unsavoury consequences of being constantly available to others … So paradise on earth? Dream coming true, at long last? The admittedly haunting ambivalence of human interaction – comforting and exhilarating, yet cumbersome and full of pitfalls – finally resolved? Opinions on that matter stay divided. What seems beyond dispute, however, is that there is a price to pay for all that – a price that may prove, if you think about it, too high to be willingly paid.
The greatest of Polish romantic poets, Adam Mickiewicz, conjured up a mysterious figure, a blend or a hybrid of, on one hand, a plenipotentiary of Freedom, its spokesman, holder of its power of attorney, and, on the other, its governor or vice-regent on earth. ‘His name is Forty-Four’: this is how that recondite creature was introduced by one of the characters in Mickiewicz’s poem in his announcement/premonition of its imminent arrival. But why that name? Many historians of literature, immensely better equipped to find an answer than myself, have tried in vain to crack that mystery.
Tales drawn from the most ordinary lives, but as a way to reveal and expose the extraordinariness we would otherwise overlook. If we wish them to become truly familiar, apparently familiar things need first to be made strange. This is a difficult task. Most certainly, success is anything but guaranteed, whereas full success is, to say the least, highly doubtful. But this is the task which we, the writer and the readers of these 44 letters, shall try to pursue in our shared adventure. But why 44?
44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World by Zygmunt Bauman