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    We are already and will remain all in the same boat.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Once upon a time there were the Pampas in Argentina, that people could treat as "empty lands" and where they could run away from their problems from problem-ridden homes. That eventuality is no longer available.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: time  people  problem 
     
    Freedom without security portends chaos, perpetual anxiety and fear.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: fear  freedom  anxiety  chaos 
     
    In the last thirty years we have gained enormous amount of freedom (everywhere, except perhaps in places like Burma or North Korea), but we lost quite a large amount of security. Because of all sorts of reasons, because of globalization which stripped the nation state of a large part of its sovereignty away, because of the dismantling of the so-called welfare state. As a result, people feel simultaneously much freer and much more insecure.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  freedom  lost  year 
     
    If you look back on the history of the 20th century, the 19th century or even to the ancien régime of the 18th, you will see that first people rebelled against the order of the things because of lack of liberty, and demanded more freedom. And when they got more freedom, they got frightened, and they desired more security for a change. After a while, they started complaining, although more secure, they also become more dependent and rule-bound.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  freedom  liberty 
     
    You cannot have a cake and eat it too. Either you eat it, or you have it.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    There are, by the most conservative counting, two grave and deeply regrettable collateral victims of the peer-review gruesome stratagem: one is the daring of thought (wished-washed to the lowest common denominator), and the other is the individuality, as well as the responsibility, of editors (those seeking shelter behind the anonymity of "peers", but in fact dissolved in it, in many cases without a trace).
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    In a nutshell: if freedom visualised by the Enlightenment and demanded/promised by Marx was made to the measure of the ideal producer; the market-promoted freedom is designed with the ideal consumer in mind; neither of the two is "more genuine" than the other.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    An ideal and flawless freedom, "complete freedom", enabling without disabling, is I believe an oxymoron in metaphysics as much as it is an unreachable goal in social life.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: freedom  believe  goal 
     
    Alas, you don't need monsters for monstrous deeds to be accomplished.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    I suspect that the peer-review system carries a good part of blame for the fact that something like sixty percent or more of journal articles are never quoted (which means leaving no trace on our joint scholarly pursuits), and (in my reception at any rate) the "learned journals" (with a few miraculous exceptions that entail, prominently, TCS) ooze monumental boredom.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: facts 
     
    Middle class people, the bourgeoisie, they are also feeling frightened at the moment. Some fear losing their fortunes; some go bankrupt; some are thinking about suicide. They don't know if they will retain the beautiful house that they bought, or what will happen to the five family cars.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    If there is something to permit the distinction between "solid" and "liquid" phases of modernity (that is, arranging them in an order of succession), it is the change in both the manifest and latent purpose behind the effort.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Being condemned by fate to perpetual togetherness, we better make that shared fate into our shared, consciously and gladly embraced, destiny.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: fate 
     
    Security without freedom means slavery.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: freedom  slavery 
     
    Partnerships are increasingly seen through the prism of promises and expectations, and as a kind of product for consumers: satisfaction on the spot, and if not fully satisfied, return the product to the shop or replace it with a new and improved one! You don't, after all, stick to your car, or computer, or iPod, when better ones appear.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    In a world of global dependencies with no corresponding global polity and few tools of global justice, the rich of the world are free to pursue their own interests while paying no attention to the rest.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: justice  world  attention 
     
    While a few poor countries are catching up with the rich world, the differences between the richest and poorest individuals around the globe are huge and likely growing.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: world  poor 
     
    Avoid the crowd, avoid mass audiences, keep your own counsel, which is the counsel of philosophy of wisdom you can acquire and make your own.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: wisdom  philosophy 
     
    Our vulnerability [to ressentiment] is unavoidable (and probably incurable) in a kind of society in which relative equality of political and other rights and formally acknowledged social equality go hand in hand with enormous differences in genuine power, possessions and education; a society in which everyone "has the right" to consider himself equal to everybody else, while in fact being unequal to them.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    For intellectual authority, the appropriate version of Descartes 's cogito would be today: I am talked about, therefore I am.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: authority 
     
    We already have - thanks to technology, development, skills, the efficiency of our work - enough resources to satisfy all human needs. But we don't have enough resources, and we are unlikely ever to have, to satisfy human greed.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    I was leftwing, I am leftwing, and I will die leftwing.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: die 
     
    The consumerist culture insists that swearing eternal loyalty to anything and anybody is imprudent, since in this world new glittering opportunities crop up daily.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Today's youth have been cast in a condition of liminal drift, with no way of knowing whether it is transitory or permanent.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: youth  knowing 
     
    Human attention tends to be focused on the satisfactions relationships are hoped to bring, precisely because somehow they have not been truly satisfactory. And if they do satisfy, the price of this satisfaction has often been found to be unacceptable.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    It is easy now to break the vows. It is even easier to part your ways if vows haven't been taken.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Marcus Aurelius appoints personal character and conscience the ultimate refuge of happiness-seekers: the only place where dreams of happiness, doomed to die childless and intestate anywhere else, are not bound to be frustrated.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    What is assumed to be the materialisation of the inner truth of the self is in fact an idealisation of the material - objectified - traces of consumer choices.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: truth  self  choice  facts 
     
    I suspect that one of capitalism's crucial assets derives from the fact that the imagination of economists, including its critics, lags well behind its own inventiveness, the arbitrariness of its undertaking and the ruthlessness of the way in which it proceeds.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: facts  imagination 
     
    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 
     
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