The little future that contains the time in which we are(1) seems to be able to be characterized by the standardization. According to the dictionary, it is » to organize industrial production by replacing the multitude of existing models by a certain number of models with precise and uniform specifications « .(2) The uniformity of the The humanmodel that we encounter today could be defined by an irremediable loss of discernment, sensitivity, experience and memory.
The industrial market society that promised the best has ended up producing the worst. The innumerable nuisances that have accompanied its propagation have eaten away, little by little, at once at the natural elements, the living beings and the human condition, the robustness of our bodies and our souls. In our poor digital time, it completes the shaping of a kind of diminished human, deprived of his senses, of his mind and with an atrophied and poisoned body. The advent of cybernetics(3), shortly after the Second World War, is at the origin of this mutation, which culminated last spring with the Year 01 of containment. The tipping into the health and digital tyranny of March 2020 marks the coronation of the reign of machines. Or more precisely, the disappearance of human thought in favor of statistics and data provided by machines. Here is a wonderful example of this transfer in the words of a « renowned French epidemiologist », in the words of the journalists, on the subject of CO2 sensors (which he is clamoring for in schools): » These tools don’t tell you if there is covid in the room and they don’t filter the air, but they can tell you when to open the windows .(4)
Of course, the process was very long. It began in the early nineteenth century with the imposition of wage labor and machinery on English weavers in order to subject them to the emerging merchant society. It continued with the arrival of factories, then of the scientific organization of work (assembly line work) which atomized the craft industry and the taste for beautiful things. After 1945, modern electric comfort, and all the poisons that are necessary for it (plastic, pesticides, endocrine disruptors, electromagnetic waves…), has finished emptying humans of themselves, of their know-how, of their sociability and of their link with the earth. The dependence of all, more and more prevalent, to the industrial machinery has participated greatly, as it became gigantic, to isolate us and to destroy the apprehension we have of the world in which we live, while reducing our capacities of autonomy. Even if we still have, sometimes, some bits of lucidity on this dispossession, and the destructions which accompany it, we close our eyes because we are terribly alone, riveted to our screens. The feeling of powerlessness is then equal to the emptiness that inhabits us.
Industrial capitalism, which has been unstoppable since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, has been able to remarkably recover and integrate all the contrary movements it has experienced. Whether economic (1929, 2008), social (1936, 1968), global (1918, 1945) or viral (2020), all these crises have served as a springboard and gas pedal for the transformation of populations into gullible and submissive consumers. Today, we are witnesses to this extraordinary ability of an ultra-technical system to bounce back from the unexpected. After nearly a century of proclaiming that science — which has taken the place of religion in the collective unconscious — had conquered disease, suffering and death, we find ourselves completely helpless in the face of the spectacular orchestration of an epidemic. The loss of our understanding, of our organic knowledge, of our relationship with others, leaves us bereft and terrified by the sudden resurgence of our mortal condition. So the vast majority of us have finished slipping into the world of nothingness and accept this new normal of diminished humans. It obeys obediently all the injunctions of states that have become tyrannical. Worse, she claims them…
It is time to call on all those who refuse this condition of diminished humans. Let us advance with dignity towards a new social organization on a human scale by constituting, wherever we can, free and social communes, liberated from alienating machines and from the tutelage of the State(5).
Hervé Krief, unmasked troubadour.
Basville, day 58 of year 02 of disgrace (May 13, 2021)
- Sous-titre du magnifique livre de Baudouin de Bodinat, La Vie sur Terre, Éditions de l’Encyclopédie des nuisances, 1999 & 2008.
- Bordas, 1997.
- Cf. Céline Lafontaine, L’empire cybernétique, Seuil, 2004.
- Le Canard enchaîné, 21 avril 2021. La phrase suivante de cet expert est, elle aussi, délectable : « C’est primordial car, si vous baignez pendant des heures dans une pièce mal ventilée, le risque d’être contaminé est important, même avec des masques. » À quoi servent donc les masques alors ?!
- Je développe cette proposition dans un livre à paraître en juin 2021, Ombres et Lumières, La faible lueur d’une bougie est préférable aux ténèbres de la modernité connectée, aux éditions Quartz.