"Almost everyone living in urbanized centers around the world feels intuitively a lack of something in their lives due directly to the creation of an artificial environment from which nature has been excluded to the greatest possible extent."
Is it the present moving forward and devouring the future? Do we fear its swiftness when we await something difficult? Or are we rebellious towards time’s slowness when awaiting something desired. For some though, time is not simply the present capturing the future but time is conquered and carried of by the past. Given the nastalgic disposition of modernity which can’t stop staring at itself in the mirror, what do Muslims today have to say about this?
Thoughts and reflections on Milan Kundera’s Ignorance.
"One of the chief causes for this lack of acceptance of the spiritual dimension of the ecological crisis is the survival of a scientism which continues to present modern science not as a particular way of knowing nature, but as a complete and totalitarian philosophy which reduces all reality to the physical domain and does not wish under any condition to accept the possibility of the existence of non-scientific world-views."
"…in the past people would listen to music out of love for music, nowadays it roars everywhere and all the time, ‘regardless whether we want to hear it,’ it roars from loudspeakers, in cars, in restaurants, in elevators, in the streets, in waiting rooms, in gyms, in the earpieces of Walkmans, music rewritten, reorchestrated, abridged, and stretched out, fragments of rock, of jazz, of opera, a flood of everything jumbled together so that we don’t know who composed it (music become noise is anonymous), so that we can’t tell beginning from end (music become noise has no form): sewage-water music in which music is dying."
Schoenberg was aware that the bacterium existed. As early as 1930 he wrote: “Radio is an enemy, a ruthless enemy marching irresistibly forward, and any resistance is hopeless”; it “force-feeds us music … regardless of whether we want to hear it, or whether we can grasp it,” with the result that music becomes just noise, a noise among other noises.
"The refusal of King George to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators was probably the prime cause of the Revolution." - Benjamin Franklin
This is why it’s even more important that the Wall Street Occupiers move beyond feel-good language of equality and compassion and start making real concrete demands such as: Tax Wall Street!