Sunday, 15 February 2015

What they have always done

“But aren’t the good person, the moral, the normal, the useful person, are not the ideal patriot, the disciplined ideal party member, the perfect citizen already standardized people? Visions of the future are herewith opened up for all standardizing institutions. What they already have always done, they will now do with the aid and the unquestioned authority of science and technology. The current of the times is taking a direction that serves their purposes, the remains of the individual are polished away.”
Robert Musil, Philosophy of a Shoe Factory, 1924-26
translated by Genese Grill

Lotte Bloch Zavrel - Peter Altenberg, Hermann Bahr and Koloman Moser - 1913

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