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    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 
     
    Once upon a time, when I was young, people saw a wedding as an event that determined the rest of their life. For a rising number of people today, it is quite normal to "try and err", marry, divorce, marry again.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: time  people  young  divorce  marry 
     
    There is less pressure on abandoning native communities: what for? There is nothing to be gained by it. On one hand, there are plenty tempting opportunities of experimenting with identities - being one kind of person today and a different the next day. On the other hand, there is little pressure to include the ethnic identity or religious identity into this mechanism, because now everybody is in a kind of Diaspora today.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    The secret of every durable ... social system is the recasting of 'functional prerequisites' into behavioral motives for actors.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: secret 
     
    Life purpose may be shifted from achieving a 'steady state' (an equilibrium between desires and plausibilities) to the excitement of running after novelties. In other words, be guided by new desires, not by extant needs.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: desires  running 
     
    Every interpretation is but an introduction to another interpretation, and that is how Talmud pages are printed.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Fully "biodegradable" structures are nowadays the ideal and the standards to which most, if not all structures, struggle to measure up.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: struggle  standard 
     
    A reliable assurance of the right and ability to dismantle the constructed structure must be offered, before the job of construction starts in earnest.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: right  job 
     
    It is more or less clear that one idea which should emerge from the crash, whatever happens with the attempts to save the banks from bankruptcy and people from being evicted from their homes, is that this kind of life is unsustainable. We cannot go on like this... something must be done.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    I am not a prophet; I cannot predict what will happen.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    I guess my claustrophobia is incurable - feeling, as I tend to, ill at ease in any closed room, and always tempted to find out what is on the other side of the door.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
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