By Zygmunt Bauman
This liquid glossy global of ours, like several beverages, can't stand nonetheless and retain its form for lengthy. every thing retains altering - the models we persist with, the occasions that intermittently trap our cognizance, the issues we dream of and issues we worry. And we, the population of this global in flux, consider the necessity to comply with its pace by way of being 'flexible' and continuously able to swap. we wish to recognize what's going and what's more likely to take place, yet what we get is an avalanche of knowledge that threatens to weigh down us.
How are we to sift the data that truly issues from the lots of dead and beside the point garbage? How are we to derive significant messages from mindless noise?
We face the daunting job of attempting to distinguish the real 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 way of life, hiding within the mild of misleading and...
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And if you are never alone, then (to quote Professor Zimmerman once more), ‘you’re less likely to read a book for pleasure, to draw a picture, to stare out the window and imagine worlds others than your own … You’re less likely to communicate with the real people in your immediate surroundings. ’ (and they come in inexhaustible numbers and fascinating variety; there are, let me add, five hundred or more Facebook ‘friends’). Running away from loneliness, you drop your chance of solitude on the way: of that sublime condition in which one can ‘gather thoughts’, ponder, reflect, create – and so, in the last account, give meaning and substance to communication.
Children as a rule enter a world drastically different from the one their parents remember from their own childhood years and which they were trained and accustomed to take as a standard of ‘normality’; they, the children, will never visit that other, vanished world of their parents’ youth. What may be seen as ‘natural’ by some age cohorts, as ‘the way things are’, ‘the way things are normally done’ and thus ‘ought to be done’, can be viewed by another as an aberration: as a departure from the norm, bizarre and perhaps also as an illegitimate and unreasonable state of affairs – unfair, abominable, contemptible or ludicrous, and crying out for a thorough revision.
To make them into objects of interest and close examination they must first be cut off and torn away from that sense-blunting, cosy yet vicious cycle of routine quotidianity. They must first be set aside and kept at a distance before scanning them properly can become conceivable: the bluff of their alleged ‘ordinariness’ must be called at the start. And then the mysteries they hide, profuse and profound mysteries – those turning strange and puzzling once you start thinking about them – can be laid bare and explored.
44 Letters From the Liquid Modern World by Zygmunt Bauman