Capacity Paradox

Extract: Age of Abstraction: Perils and Possibilities of our Time, work in progress

THE CAPACITY PARADOX OF MODERN WESTERN SOCIEY IS BEAUTIFULLY portrayed in Woody Allen’s ManhattanBooks are started, never completed; relationships are superficially exciting, never satisfactory; problems are written about, not faced. The hero drops glib intellectual remarks to impress friends, enjoys regular doses of television fame which he emptily denies and shrugs off. In the finale he gains some knowledge. ‘You need to have a little faith in people’, our forty-four year-old hero is told by his just turned eighteen year-old girl-friend. A barely-educated, innocent, unformed young woman is the font of wisdom.

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Age of Abstraction: Perils & Possibilities of our Time

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