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Globalization: The Human Consequences Globalization: The Human Consequences by Zygmunt Bauman
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“Questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our way of life is arguably the most urgent of services we owe our fellow humans and ourselves. ”
Zygmunt Bauman, Globalization: The Human Consequences
“One thing which even the most seasoned and discerning masters of the art of choice do not and cannot choose, is the society to be born into - and so we are all in travel, whether we like it or not. We have not been asked about our feelings anyway. Thrown into a vast open sea with no navigation charts and all the marker buoys sunk and barely visible, we have only two choices left: we may rejoice in the breath-taking vistas of new discoveries - or we may tremble out of fear of drowning. One option not really realistic is to claim sanctuary in a safe harbour; one could bet that what seems to be a tranquil haven today will be soon modernized, and a theme park, amusement promenade or crowded marina will replace the sedate boat sheds. The third option not thus being available, which of the two other options will be chosen or become the lot of the sailor depends in no small measure on the ship's quality and the navigation skills of the sailors. Not all ships are seaworthy, however. And so the larger the expanse of free sailing, the more the sailor's fate tends to be polarized and the deeper the chasm between the poles. A pleasurable adventure for the well-equipped yacht may prove a dangerous trap for a tattered dinghy. In the last account, the difference between the two is that between life and death.”
Zygmunt Bauman, Globalization: The Human Consequences
“Ideally, nothing should be embraced by a consumer firmly, nothing should command a commitment till death do us part, no needs should be seen as fully satisfied, no desires considered ultimate. There ought to be a proviso 'until further notice' attached to any oath of loyalty and any commitment. It is but the volatility, the in-built temporality of all engagements that truly counts; it counts more than the commitment itself, which is anyway not allowed to outlast the time necessary for consuming the object of desire (or, rather, the time sufficient for the desirability of that object to wane).”
Zygmunt Bauman, Globalization: The Human Consequences
“[...] es muy probable que el último cuarto del siglo en curso pase a la historia como la Gran Guerra de Independencia del Espacio. Lo que sucedió en su transcurso fue que los centros de decisión y los cálculos que fundamentan sus decisiones se liberaron consecuente e inexorablemente de las limitaciones territoriales, las impuestas por la localidad.”
Zygmunt Bauman, Globalization: The Human Consequences
“Ser local en un mundo globalizado es una señal de penuria y degradación social.”
Zygmunt Bauman, La globalización: Consecuencias humanas