Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Post 576 : Passages 53 : Milan Kundera, Identity : Passion at work

Milan Kundera, Identity, Pg. 75

(My 2 pice - This passage is exactly what I have been harping for quite some time to people (who are patient enough to listen to my carp…not crap!!). I believe in it with my heart, I really think this apathetic melancholy is the signature of our times. )

Then Jean-Marc came back to his idea: I'd say that the quantity of boredom, if boredom is measurable, is much greater today than it once was. Because the old occupations, at least most of them, were unthinkable without a passionate involvement: the peasants in love with their land; my grandfather, the magician of beautiful tables; the shoemakers who knew every villager's feet by heart; the woodsmen; the gardeners; probably even the soldiers killed with passion back then. The meaning of life wasn't an issue, it was there with them, quite naturally, in their workshops, in their fields. Each occupation had created its own mentality, its own way of being. A doctor would think differently from a peasant, a soldier would behave differently from a teacher. Today we're all alike, all of us bound together by our shared apathy towards our work. That very apathy has become a passion. The one great collective passion of our time.

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