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By Zygmunt Bauman

This liquid sleek global of ours, like every beverages, can't stand nonetheless and hold its form for lengthy. every thing retains altering - the models we keep on with, the occasions that intermittently capture our recognition, the issues we dream of and issues we worry. And we, the population of this international in flux, consider the necessity to comply with its pace by means of being 'flexible' and always able to switch. we wish to understand what's going and what's prone to ensue, yet what we get is an avalanche of knowledge that threatens to crush us.

How are we to sift the knowledge that actually concerns from the lots of lifeless and inappropriate garbage? How are we to derive significant messages from mindless noise?
We face the daunting activity of attempting to distinguish the $64000 from the insubstantial, distil the issues that topic from fake alarms and flashes within the pan.

Nothing escapes scrutiny so stubbornly because the usual issues of way of life, hiding within the gentle of misleading and...

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Somewhat inconsistently yet not groundlessly all the same, public institutions were suspected of erecting barricades barring access by many a private concern to the agora or other sites of acknowledged mutual communication, where the recasting of private problems into public issues could be negotiated: in other words, of a conspiracy to prohibit certain kind of troubles from being tackled by anybody other than the sufferers themselves. Obviously, the gruesome experience of communism and Nazism, the two especially rapacious and gory twentieth-century totalitarianisms, lent veracity to such suspicions.

That rendering makes it possible to stay au courant with the latest talk of the town, and the choices made into ‘musts’ by that talk: the hits currently most listened to, the latest T-shirt designs, the latest exploits of the hottest celebrities of the day, the most recent and most commonly talked about parties, festivals and events in focus. Simultaneously, it helps in updating the contents and redistributing the emphases in the portrayal of one’s self; it also helps in swiftly effacing the traces of the past, the now shamefully outdated contents and emphases.

Well, what I am going to try for in my letters will be, so to speak, sailors’ stories as told by peasants. Tales drawn from the most ordinary lives, but as a way to reveal and expose the extraordinariness we would otherwise overlook. If we wish them to become truly familiar, apparently familiar things need first to be made strange. This is a difficult task. Most certainly, success is anything but guaranteed, whereas full success is, to say the least, highly doubtful. But this is the task which we, the writer and the readers of these 44 letters, shall try to pursue in our shared adventure.

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