Daily life

Translation Fabio L. Leite

The concept of “daily life” as a succession of “normal” days is a hypnotic dellusion created by the routine of work and leisure in an industrial society.

Ancient societies did not know that idea. Nobody had any difficulties in accepting as natural all kinds of crisis and emergencies that terrorize our contemporary neighbors.

The denial of overwhelming threats is such that when they cannot pretend such events do not exist, our contemporaries have heart-attacks, hypetension crisis, etc.

Industrial society has made the lack of imagination – which is an extreme form of idiotism – the duty of the good citizen.

Mediocre men are more scandalized by every day moral slips than by larger than life crimes because the latter are far beyond their moral imagination.

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