Arquivo para February 5th, 2018

What is the evil of our time?

05 Feb

Modernity is in crisis, and it is not due to technology and new media, since theDesorientaçao process has long been detected by thinkers, sociologists and social scientists; and point is not the central cause even if it influences the crisis.
One of the authors who points out this crisis is Domenico de Masi, a 79-year-old writer, professor at the La Sapienza University in Rome, he talks about a disorientation, his latest book “Alphabet of the Disoriented Society” (Brazilian edition: Objetiva) reached Brazilian bookstores in 2017 , he became famous for his book “Creative Leisure.”
In his previous book, “The Future Has Arrived,” he says that society’s current sociological model is missing as a reference, it is interesting to note that this reversal of the ideologies of the previous century reveals exactly this , the binary model of understanding that we either go to utopian socialism or to capitalism in the period of Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations.”
From his previous book I take an analysis that I consider important, where it says that the lack of reference made society unable to distinguish between what is beautiful and what is ugly, what is true and what is false, what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is left, and even what is alive and what is dead, we may understand the wave of “zombies” and the post-truth there.
To point out what the author thinks of the future, he points out a series of “sociological acupunctures”, some significant aspects of our society, and explores twenty-six, which in my view is too much and can somehow confuse.
He himself makes a synthesis by pointing out the factors that were “solid” (concept that I attribute to him in terms of the Baumanian liquid), industrial society (1750-1950), namely: rationality, speed, efficiency, standardization, consumerism and chauvinism.
It shows how problems such as concentration of income could be solved from a view of wealth produced, according to the author’s data the world grows 3 to 4% year, and already produces, 65 trillion dollars a year, and using a UN report about human development, would be enough to 100 billion dollars a year to end hunger in the world.
It points to enigmatic visions of society, like loss of privacy (according to him, it will be impossible to forget, get lost, get bored and isolate), and we will be able to avoid genetic diseases (very unrealistic at least until now), and do technology for many of our ills: affective robots (using Artificial Intelligence), 3D printers that would replace industrial machines.

Although it appeals to subjectivity, in the old dichotomy between subject and object, it does not yet see the question of Being that can only be solved with the presence of another Being, according to the analysis of the existential-ontological thinking currents, to replace it artificially does not seem to me solution.
But it’s worth the most of Seneca who likes to use: “No wind is in favor of the sailor who does not know where to go.”