December 19, 2008

Create and Shape Things

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A Kenyan boy screams as he sees Kenyan policeman with a baton approach the door of his home in the Kibera slum of Nairobi 17 January 2008. Hundreds of police who had earlier clashed with supporters of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga at the entrance of the slum moved into the shantytown and did a house to house search for protesters.

You first need to believe that the world around you is not “given” once and for all, that it can be changed, and that you yourself can be changed while applying yourself to the job of changing it. You must assume that the state of the world could be different than it is now, and that how different it may eventually become depends on what you do, that no less than the state of the world- past, present, and future- may depend on what you do or desist from doing. In other words: you believe that you are, simultaneously, an artist able to create and shape things, and the product of such creation and shaping.

Zygmunt Bauman from the book Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers?

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1 comment:

  1. It s rare that I read something that I agree with one hundred percent, but that quote did it. Looks like this is a book I'm going to have to read. Thanks for passing this on.