The Self Winding Boredom Machine

| April 3, 2011

Since I am busy reviewing a book-I-have-actually-read, I have been negligent of my series of reviews of books-I-haven’t-read-yet. Much more time consuming…

There is only one thing to do, and that is start another half-baked tradition. Call it, “Quotes Out of Context.”

All too often, in the act of sharing a striking quote, we find—masked by the cheap poetry of just throwing them into the stream of things without their context—a counter-gesture of reduction and anti-thought, even malevolence. A short, vicious version of that genre of movies, “stupid-movies-about-smart-people.”

Today then, I share two quotes out of context, in yet another experiment in re-appropriating conventions of brevity and commentary for their disruptive potential…

‘What is the task of all higher education?’  – To turn a man into a machine. –
‘By what means?’- He has to learn how to feel bored.

—Nietzsche, Expeditions of an Untimely Man

The body of man is a machine which winds its own springs.

—J.O. de La Mettrie, French physician and philosopher (1709-1751)

End quotations…