we can keep using the adjective modern till the end of time (which will not be), because we have never reached modernity because we never will because we have never been modern.
modernity is a theology and any interesting theology is the negative theology.
The generalist cannot demean any kind of knowledge
nor demean any source of knowledge. He must use them
all. In saying this I do not mean to imply that a specialist
is lesser or greater than a generalist There is an old "saw"
in science which says that "a specialist learns more and
more about less and less until he knows everything about
nothing." Conversely, "a generalist learns less and less
about more and more until he knows nothing about every-
John Cunningham Lilly
Today, there’s no specific need for a mechanical watch, unless you’re worried about timekeeping in the wake of an Electromagnetic Pulse attack. So we have heritage devices, increasingly archaic in the singularity of their function, their lack of connectivity. But it was exactly that lack that once made them heroic: they kept telling accurate time, regardless of what was going on around them. They were accurate because they were unconnected, unitary.
"Yes, I try to live a simple lifestyle," Kamprad tells FORBES GLOBAL in the course of a rare interview. "I see my task as serving the majority of people. The question is, how do you find out what they want, how best to serve them? My answer is to stay close to ordinary people, because at heart I am one of them."