Filed under: brave new world | Tags: demoralization, morals, The Power of the Powerless, Vaclav Havel
There is a difference – a big one – between people living alienated in a cold modern world and people living alienated in a cold modern world whose radical systems are actively working to deepen the alienation.
The profound crisis of human identity brought on by living within a lie, a crisis which in turn makes such a life possible, certainly possesses a moral dimension as well; it appears, among other things, as a deep moral crisis in society. A person who has been seduced by the consumer value system …. and who has no roots in the order of being, no sense of responsibility for anything higher than his own personal survival, is a demoralized person. The system depends on this demoralization, deepens it, is in fact a projection of it into society.
-Václav Havel ”The Power of the Powerless“
from Notes from Dystopia blog