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    In a liquid modern life there are no permanent bonds, and any that we take up for a time must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again, as quickly and as effortlessly as possible, when circumstances change - as they surely will in our liquid modern society, over and over again.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: time  society 
     
    Civilisation, the orderly world in which we live, is frail. We are skating on thin ice. There is a fear of a collective disaster. Terrorism, genocide, flu, tsunamis.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: fear  live  world  terrorism 
     
    In a consumer society, people wallow in things, fascinating, enjoyable things. If you define your value by the things you acquire and surround yourself with, being excluded is humiliating.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Why are people so concerned with relativism? If you look back in history, millions of people were killed because of someone's dogmatic views, but I do not remember anybody being killed due to the tolerance of difference, to relativism; ethically relativism does not seem to be such an awful thing, really.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  tolerance 
     
    If only evil things are done by evil people... Life would be then safe, morally elevated, cozy - we know how to spot evil people and what to do with them to pay for their crimes.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: crimes  evil  people 
     
    The so called "progress," "time marching on," is not a straight line, but a pendulum.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    For one to be free there must be at least two. Freedom signifies a social relation, an asymmetry of social conditions: essentially it implies social difference-it presumes and implies the presence of social division. Some can be free only in so far as there is a form of dependence they can aspire to escape.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: freedom 
     
    The risk of the Holocaust is not that it will be forgotten, but that it will be embalmed and surrounded by monuments and used to absolve all future sins.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: future  risk  sin 
     
    I think that the essential instruction of the Bible is very much topical. The sole problem is that with every change of historical setting, you need to readjust the interpretation of the message.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    The carrying power of a bridge is not the average strength of the pillars, but the strength of the weakest pillar. I have always believed that you do not measure the health of a society by GNP but by the condition of its worst off.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Capitalism proceeds through creative destruction. What is created is capitalism in a 'new and improved' form - and what is destroyed is self-sustaining capacity, livelihood and dignity of its innumerable and multiplied 'host organisms' into which all of us are drawn/seduced one way or another.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Like the phoenix, socialism is reborn from every pile of ashes left day in, day out, by burnt-out human dreams and charred hopes.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: human  socialism  hope  dreams 
     
    Relationships, like cars, should undergo regular services to make sure they are still roadworthy.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    In our world of rampant individualisation, relationships are mixed blessings. They vacillate between a sweet dream and a nightmare, and there is no telling when one turns into the other.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    We have found ourselves in the period of "interregnum": the old works no more, the new is not yet born. But the awareness that without it being born we are all marked for demise, is already much alive, as is the awareness that the hard nut we must urgently crack is not the presence of "too many poor", but "too many rich".
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: work 
     
    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 
     
    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 
     
    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 
     
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