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It is best reserved for the most spiritual types of person. The unimaginative pursue wealth without thought, and their attainment of power distorts the meaning o( culture. Culture becomes equivalent to the possession o( material goods. Such posses­ sion is always distorted, not least because of the principle o( exchange. Through this principle exploitation is encouraged and this leads to alienation. Society is dominated by impersonal and depersonalising mechanistic forces that transform individuals into equipment.

This lack of durability is modernity's most appalling characteristic. The contem­ porary social world of fluidity and change is dynamic but, paradoxically, at the same time one of paralysis. It is akin to a structure built on a beach with dry sand grains: their very fluidity and dynamism in relation to one another means that one can make little out of them and certainly nothing that cannot be blown away by the slightest breeze - you need to add water. In modernity, genuine construction is impossible.

In a world dominated by the labour market the sense of individual identity is generated ever more by one's being passed through the sieve of selection and service. For reasons of self-respect, one denies to oneself that what happened was not really very much to do with one's own propensities and choices at all. The modern self is in danger of becoming an actor through and through in so far as one is now what one does in this most public but narrow of senses. The individual has become the role he or she plays and nothing more: 'Considered more deeply, the role has actually become character; and art, nature.

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