How Much Changed?

How Much Changed?- Although the exact source – and with this the date – remain in the dark the question is justified. We can say then that the situation didn’t really get worse and the current lament is just another old generation being unhappy with their own life. We may also say, however, humans, societies are not able to learn.

These people are rigid as they do not possess any spontaneity anymore, as they are actually not really alive anymore but experience themselves as those things, the robots as which they are used in this world.

They have to be at any time ready to function in any position and only if they permanently show this readiness they escape the universal threat of unemployment.

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Starr sind diese Menschen, weil sie eigentlich keine Spontanetiaet mehr haben, weil sie eigentlich gar nicht mehr ganz leben,sondern weil sie selber sich bereits als die Dinge, die Automaten erfahren, als die sie in der Welt verwendet werden.

Sie muessen in jedem Augenblick bereit sein, an jeder Stelle zu funktionieren, und nur wenn sie diese Bereitschaft ununterbrochen unter Beweis stellen, dann entgehen sie der Universalen Drohung der Arbeitslosigkeit.

(Adorno: Der Verwaltete Mensch (The Administered Human Being; from: denkentutgut on youtube – my transcript and translation)

 

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