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The 21st Century: And the Emperor Still Has No Clothes
By Tekla Szymanski
Human beings will come to confuse the world perceived by their senses and the world interpreted by thought. They will believe that seeing is understanding.
Rudolf Arnheim, 1930
I feel reluctant about the arrival of the new millennium but can it really be any worse than the old one was?
accomplished many things that we can be proud of but we miserably failed in most
social and humane aspects. The last century has been the bloodiest in history
and instead of looking back, instead of reflecting on how we could do better and
learn from missed opportunities and all our mistakes, we dumb down our senses,
mold our world to satisfy only our immediate needs.
am tired of the old being discarded, ridiculed, and eventually merely disguised
as new. In my eyes, the emperor is still without clothes.
beaming with pride, because we perceive ourselves as so much smarterbut
in reality, we adhere to the same clichés and are as hypocritical and conservative
as in the past. Only now, we disguise our conformism with an ever-changing fashion.
Like a herd of cattle we follow commercial dictates. But be honest: Who among
you still believes that a nose ring is a sign of individualism?