I consult a (randomly-chosen) page (75) of the internet and everyone:
...in craftwork everything is integrated, in mechanisation everything is split up, and in automation everything can be put back together, but only if the mechanistic culture is changed into something other (which is of course a main theme of this work).
isolation, neglect, etc. come of lack of non-mechanical social forms and beliefs (is it a new Buddenbrooks in reverse* that is needed?)
so: the cause is not so much in us as between us (therefore 'no blame')
The story of the decline of a mercantile family (dedicated to work) as the culture changes from 19th century confidence to 20th century doubt... What did I mean by 'Buddenbrooks in reverse'? The still-opposed change to social forms appropriate to post-mechanical technology. The recovery of confidence in the whole (whether describable or not)!
...the wars against terrorism, against begging, against asylum seekers, against unemployment, against pollution, against underdevelopement are not what they seem - they are the resistance of the old against the new, which is named as something negative, as chaos seen as disorder (to me it is the order of reality when not imposed upon ) ...
...some more positive names for these things are freedom fighters, mendicants, pioneers, people of leisure, clean air, healthy surroundings, balanced economy, self-sufficiency, and mutual respect.........
and behind these words from the past is the birth of all newness, the washing away of old forms as the new begins formless, unrecognised - but we are alive and free to change our minds(and goodbye to work!)
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