Life in this cottage! It’s safe to say that the day is drawing to a close. On the other hand, he asserts that a society that ceases to question itself is ailing.
According to his perspective, when we cease to question the narratives being crafted around us, we become enslaved to them, losing touch with our own subjective experiences. Questioning our society can be a demanding endeavor.
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Bauman’s assertion that “we need to pierce the walls of the obvious and self-evident, challenging prevailing ideas that are often mistaken for indisputable truths,” is particularly pertinent. Given that last week marked the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, now might be an opportune time for all of us to engage in some critical introspection about the state of the world’s economic modernity.
Zygmunt’s perspective that “in the fluid stage of modernity, a settled majority is governed by a nomadic and extraterritorial elite” offers a unique insight. His argument revolves around the idea that in a solid world, capital’s power over labor was demonstrated by its ability to anchor and control. In the solid factories of Henry Ford’s era, power was exercised by attaching human labor to machines on an assembly line. However, this power came with a measure of responsibility because, in the world of factories, human labor was inherently linked to the human body.