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    Attempts to tame the wayward and domesticate the riotous, to make the unknowable predictable and enchain the free-roaming - all such things sound the death knell to love. Eros won't outlast duality. As far as love is concerned, possession, power, fusion and disenchantment are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: death  power 
     
    People do not choose a government that will bring the market within their control; instead, the market in every way conditions governments to bring the people within its control.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    As to describing me as an outsider throughout, and an outsider through and through - I have no reason to disagree.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    If Christ would have left Christian ethics codified on the table, then he wouldn't produce moral beings choosing between good and evil, but conformists fulfilling orders. I think the same can be said about the Bible.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Where we hope to land (and where we do land, though only for a fleeting moment, enough for tired wings to catch the wind anew) is a 'there' which we thought of little and knew of even less.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: thoughts  moment  hope  wings 
     
    The descent of Israel from the morally towering position of a 'light for the nations' to the lowest of the low and one of the last relics of bygone shameful times of merciless imperialism, conquest, exploitation is on the cards.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: time 
     
    Indeed, I did not truly "belong" to any school, order, intellectual camaraderie or clique; I did not apply for admission to any of them, let alone did much to deserve an invitation; nor would I be listed by any of them - at least listed unqualifiedly - as "one of us".
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: alone  school 
     
    The Bible unites its interpreters as a shared focus of attention, but it does not demand consensus. On the contrary, it invites and prods us to make responsible choices, to take responsibility for the choices that we have made... It was always like that, and our holy scripture grows over the centuries, gets thicker and thicker, with more texts around, which need/have to be looked into, referred to, considered.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    The more security we have, the less freedom there is; more freedom means less security. You can hardly enough of both at the same time.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: time  freedom 
     
    The problem of insufficient security was, until quite recently, a matter of a minority; now it is becoming very quickly a majority matter. That is a major change.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: problem  majority 
     
    Our bad luck is that our writing is linear, while we think circularly.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: luck  bad  writing 
     
    Our consumer-oriented economy wouldn't survive without economic growth. The whole mechanism depends on invention and insinuation of novelties, arousing new wants, seduction and temptation. This is the problem we face - much more than recapitalizing the banks. The question is: Is that kind of economy sustainable?
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    All the skills which I have acquired during my sociological life allow me to diagnose and explain what is going on, but not to predict what will happen.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    After many years of thinking, reading and writing and looking, I came to believe that there are two basic, essential values which are indispensable for humane, decent, dignified life: one is freedom, and the other is security.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    When opting out from partnership is so easy, every minor disagreement is perceived as a major catastrophe and irreparable disaster.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    We have a reversal of a longstanding trend, from rising inequality across nations and constant or declining inequality within nations, to declining inequality across nations and rising inequality within them.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Happiness needs one-upmanship.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: happiness 
     
    Man is in his short sojourn on earth equal to God in His eternity.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: men  earth  eternity  god 
     
    The proof of my Jewishness is that iniquities done by Israel pain me much more than iniquities perpetrated by any other country.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: pain 
     
    Ingeniously, capitalism discovered that the economy may be moved not by satisfying existing needs, but by creating new ones.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: capitalism 
     
    The art of walking on quicksand is still beyond me. What I learned is only how difficult this art is to master and how hard people need to struggle to learn it.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  master  struggle  learn 
     
    Now people are worried not about the prospects of buying new things, but about how to pay for the things they bought yesterday, a year ago or years before. It is, as Americans like to say, "a wholly different kind of ball-game".
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  american  year 
     
    With every death, a world is disappearing.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: death  world 
     
    The Bible provides unity without imposing uniformity, without prohibiting change; it is a standing invitation to thinking and to take responsibilities.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    With globalization and with a lot of power evaporating from the nation-states, the late-19th century established hierarchies of importance, or 'pecking orders' of cultures, presenting assimilation as an advancement or promotion, dissolved.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: power  culture 
     
    In Celan's words a Jew is "a man with a little book under the shoulder." We are the keepers of tradition.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: men  book 
     
    The task is to keep the lost opportunities of the past alive.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: past  lost  opportunities 
     
    Jews are no longer pressed and obliged to fight, hide or deny their Jewishness. What for? No one actually requires today to abandon the idiosyncrasy of some other culture or ethnic tradition. The great achievement of this last period is that we have been slowly, sometimes reluctantly, yet steadily, learning the art of living with differences.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    As long as being a stranger and surrounded by strangers was seen as a temporary irritant, a smallest departure from the binding rules of conduct by a member of a minority, was taken for a major crime justifying deportation.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: crimes  rules 
     
    Freedom is the slogan of the strong, who feel self confident, self sufficient to do it alone.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: freedom  self  alone  strong 
     
    I was watching the TV broadcasts interviewing people stranded at airports for days on end, losing their holidays, their important business meetings and the long-awaited ability to see their families... In short, suffering. No one complained, though! They kept repeating: we are so grateful for the care taken of our safety, for feeling. They were ready to surrender a good deal of their human dignity, individuality, freedom of choice.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Security is the slogan for people who feel unable to function by their own means.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people 
     
    Security was the demand which set in motion labour movements in history; trade unions, friendly societies, consumer cooperatives were all about compensating for the impotence of individual resistance.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: society 
     
    Freedom is the slogan which speaks to the ears of people who feel strong enough to manage on their own using their own resources, who can do without dependency because they can do without others caring for them.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  freedom  strong 
     
    We are always confronted with choice.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: choice 
     
    I guess I am doomed to remain an outsider to the end, lacking as I am the indispensable qualities of an academic insider: school loyalty, conformity to the procedure, and readiness to obey by the school-endorsed criteria of cohesion and consistency.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    What is happening now is that the number of people who are not strong enough or do not feel strong enough to decide to live without the security provided by the community or the state, is going up.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  live  community  strong 
     
    As the run-by-capital society of producers turned since into the run-by-capital society of consumers, I would say that the main, indeed "meta", function of the governments has become now to assure that it is the meetings between commodities and the consumers, and credit issuers and the borrowers, that regularly take place.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    "Community" came to be seen as a chat-group: you switch on as long as your pleasure lasts, then push another button and switch off. Very easy to go in and out, join and leave.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: pleasure 
     
    Community is like a big family.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: community 
     
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