Shiv Visvanathan, A Letter to the 21st Century - This is mostly interesting because it is pre-911, and one decade later, perhaps slightly banal, even though the plea goes unanswered and the problems remain.
Eh! qu'aimes-tu donc, extraordinaire etranger?
J'aime les nuages ... les nuages qui passent ... la-bas ... la- bas ... les merveilleux nuages!
So! Then what do you love, you extraordinary stranger?
I love clouds... drifting clouds ... there ... over there ... marvellous clouds!
Instrumentalism is the dominant mode of education under advanced technological societies, and has, according to Heidegger, destroyed our capacity for meditative thinking in its demand for calculative thinking.
In the Bitter Harvest Tesconi & Morris write: "And finally we know: as both consumers and producers, we are replaceable. The system qua system needs people but it does not absolutely need me. Not only are we alienated and isolated from each other but from ourselves as well. Our self-esteem is wounded, our quest for personal identity lashes out incoherently for symbolic supports in stainless steel things and 'pay later' experiences."