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    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 
     
    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 
     
    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 
     
    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
    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 
     
    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
    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 
     
    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
    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 
     
    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 
     
    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 
     
    The task is to keep the lost opportunities of the past alive.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: past  lost  opportunities 
     
    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 
     
    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 
     
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