Filed under: brave new world, the sweet life, unseen world | Tags: festivals, joy, puritan, work
Nothing speaks more clearly of the darkening mood, the declining possibilities for joy, than the fact that, while the medieval peasant created festivities as an escape from work, the Puritan embraced work as an escape from terror.
Dancing in the Streets: A History of Public Joy, Barbara Ehrenreich, p 145
Swimming in a Cenote, Amanda
It seems to me whoever said curiosity killed the cat was — wrong. Every dead cat I know – and they’re all over the place – has more likely gone to the grave from a lack of curiosity. Be warned: it will kill you too.
Of course, there is another way of looking at the adage: that curious people will be blocked and stifled. In this context, it makes lots of sense.
Dorothy Parker’s observations cast boredom as an illness and curiosity as the miracle cure. It’s an idea a world away from curiosity as a killer of cats.
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
Filed under: brave new world, the sweet life | Tags: control society, discipline society, Downton Abbey, Giles Deleuze
People like Downton because it shows a bounded, ordered, fated, world – in many ways you know what you get. In stark contrast, our present world is endlessly shifting, unbounded, and competitive. This new state has become too much for many people and we want some of the stability and reality of that earlier world back, and so we watch and yearn.
The factory (discipline) constituted individuals as a single body to the double advantage of the boss who surveyed each element within the mass, and the unions who mobilized a mass resistance; but the corporation (control) constantly presents the brashest rivalry as a healthy form of emulation, an excellent motivational force that opposes individuals against one another and runs through each dividing each within.
“Make love now, by night and by day, in winter and in summer….You are in the world for that and the rest of life is nothing but vanity, illusion, waste. There is only one science, love; only one riches, love; only one policy, love. To make love is all the law, and the prophets.”