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drowning heavenly ecstasies, fervour, enthusiasm, sentimentalism
April 26, 2015, 4:28 pm
Filed under: brave new world, chronotopes, the sweet life | Tags: ,

Below, how these good things – ecstasy, fervour, enthusiasm, sentimentalism – are discredited and drowned by ‘egotistical calculation.’ Can you imagine going to work and being ecstatic, fervent, enthusiastic and sentimental and lasting a day? Or a date and being ecstatic, fervent — and getting a second date? Or sitting on a board and being ecstatic — and rising to the top or lasting more than a week?

This is not our world any more. Egotistical calculation by its reductive project has drowned personal worth in all its multivalent, legion forms.

The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his “natural superiors”, and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous “cash payment”. It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom — Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.

Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

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