Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Wednesday, February 21, 2007  

The increasing mechanization of society has created a mechanical politics; one which no longer asks 'why' or 'whither' questions, but only 'how'. As a result, the world of politics no longer encompasses much of what real human beings actually care about. It does not ask what kind of world we wish to live in; it does not analyse the consequences of the choices that are made for us; nor, but perhaps it never did, does it address itself to the grievances and achings of the soul--of that other event that we are, the one that perceives existence not as one-thing-after-another, but as everything-at-once. Politics has come to narrow the world down to things, and the idea, the only idea, which is offered to make us accept this awful limitation, is called progress.

-- Salman Rushdie, 'In God We Trust', from Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991

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