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Liquid Life

“In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson, On Prudence. “Liquid life” and “liquid modernity” are intimately connected.  “Liquid life” is a kind of life that tends to be lived in a liquid modern society.  “Liquid modern” is a society in which the conditions under which its members act change faster than it takes the ways of acting to consolidate into habits and routines.  Liquidity of life and that of society feed and reinvigorate each other.  Liquid life, just like liquid modern society, cannot keep its shape or stay on course for long.   . . .   In short: liquid life is a precarious life, lived under conditions of constant uncertainty.  The...

posted on: Oct 30, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow