ponedeljek, 28. december 2009

Charlie Chaplin - Modern times

comedy movie

But we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men's souls - has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too
little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost...

We are social creatures, made anxious by our separatness. The culture offers false and easy means for addressing our anxiety - through sameness. It invites us to consume the same goods, work at the same jobs, adopt the same goals - defining ourselves through conformity and insignificant nuances of difference. But if we lack the courage to be individuals, we will never achieve love, since ''love is union under the condition of preserving one's integrity.'' Love is not taking, out of insecurity; IT STARTS IN GIVING - of joy, interest, understanding, humor, sadness, ''of all expressions and manifestations of that which is alive in us.''

Fromm, The art of loving

''Sodobni človek pogreša pristno radost in srečo, ker se peha za vsem drugim - uspehom, denarjem, imetjem, položajem, ugledom - služi vsemu drugemu, samo svojim RESNIČNIM koristim ne. Zanj je pomembno vse, razen njegovega življenja in njega samega. Človek je za vse, razen za sebe.'' Fromm, človek za sebe

There are common assumptions about which motives drive us to seek high status; among them, a longing for money, fame and influence.
Alternatively, it might be more accurate to sum up what we are searching for with a word seldom used in political theory: LOVE. Once food and shelter have been secured, the predominant impulse behind our desire to
suceed in the social hiearchy may lie in not so much with the goods we can accrue or the power we can wield, as with the amount of LOVE we stand to receive as a consequence of high status. Money, fame and influence may be valued more as tolkens of - and as a means to - LOVE rather than as ends in themselves.
Alain de Botton - Status anxiety

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. Cummings

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