explorations about time as it is in our current society.
how can we rethink time? what does time look like in a post-capitalist world? what does time feel like in different points of your life? how does how we see time affect our wellbeing?
In Capitalist Realism, Fisher offers a hopeful note. He predicts that a politics of fear enslaved by capital is vulnerable to even the slightest of ripples across its surface. Precisely because the system is made and maintained by technocratic control freaks, it is easily disrupted. Fisher says, “the long, dark night of the end of history has to be grasped as an enormous opportunity. The very oppressive pervasiveness of capitalist realism means that even glimmers of alternative political and economic possibilities can have a disproportionately great effect. The tiniest event can tear a hole in the grey curtain of reaction that has marked the horizons of possibility under capitalist realism. From a situation in which nothing can happen, suddenly anything is possible again.”
“The two greatest mistakes of modern capitalism have been to confuse materialism with happiness, and growth with the need to produce an ever increasing number of physical goods.”
- Tino Seghal in an interview with The Guardian
Telling people at the beginning of their careers that doing the shit jobs builds humility is reinforcing the idea that value comes from hard work, and that work is only hard if it’s painful
This concept gets filtered through all aspects of US society—for instance, saying a romantic relationship requires work is saying a romantic relationship requires and is worth pain
We don’t say that about friendships… and yet I do put in effort toward my friends. But it’s not painful, it’s not obligated, it’s not hard, it’s not happening 24/7… it’s appropriate and joyous bc it feels good to connect and be there for ppl u love
Something that explains the difference between ‘conflict avoidance to perpetuate “confort” leadings to “hard work” in rom relationships’ and ‘engaging in relationship which allows for + actively addresses discomfort without causing unnecessary suffering’ — idk if my wording is right here
Anyway, I think these are probs 3 diff things to expand upon (although interrelated, as is… everything)
Freedom as a singularly human need...Given political freedom's abridged and distorted qualities of our time, it can be difficult to recall what makes freedom a radically human problem. Even a radical human need. - Wendy Brown