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By Zygmunt Bauman

This liquid sleek international of ours, like several drinks, can't stand nonetheless and retain its form for lengthy. every little thing retains altering - the models we persist with, the occasions that intermittently seize our realization, the issues we dream of and issues we worry. And we, the population of this global in flux, suppose the necessity to comply with its pace by means of being 'flexible' and consistently able to switch. we wish to recognize what's going and what's more likely to occur, yet what we get is an avalanche of knowledge that threatens to crush us.

How are we to sift the data that truly issues from the tons of dead and inappropriate garbage? How are we to derive significant messages from mindless noise?
We face the daunting job of attempting to distinguish the $64000 from the insubstantial, distil the issues that subject from fake alarms and flashes within the pan.

Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly because the usual issues of lifestyle, hiding within the gentle of misleading and...

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Those bonds tied with the internet’s help tend to be weaker and more superficial than those laboriously built in real ‘offline’ life, and for those reasons they are less (if at all) satisfying and coveted, less, if at all, ‘valuable’ – and valued. As Georg Simmel pointed out a long time ago, the value of things is measured by the size of the sacrifice needed to obtain them. More people can now ‘have sex’ more often, but in parallel with the growth of those numbers, the numbers also grow of people living alone, suffering from loneliness and from excruciatingly painful feelings of abandonment.

The greatest of Polish romantic poets, Adam Mickiewicz, conjured up a mysterious figure, a blend or a hybrid of, on one hand, a plenipotentiary of Freedom, its spokesman, holder of its power of attorney, and, on the other, its governor or vice-regent on earth. ‘His name is Forty-Four’: this is how that recondite creature was introduced by one of the characters in Mickiewicz’s poem in his announcement/premonition of its imminent arrival. But why that name? Many historians of literature, immensely better equipped to find an answer than myself, have tried in vain to crack that mystery.

When and where to stop? The impulse to write letters from the liquid modern world is unlikely ever to be exhausted – that kind of world, pulling ever new surprises out of its sleeve, daily inventing new challenges to human understanding, will see to it that it isn’t. Surprises and challenges are scattered all over the spectrum of human experience – and so every stopping point for reporting them in letters, and by the same token limiting their range, must inevitably be arbitrarily chosen. These letters are no exception.

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