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Magyar Narancs - Hungary | 17/06/2011

János Salamon explains hedonism with human superfluity

Modern man needs sensory overload and endless thrills to divert his attention from his own superfluity, writes philosopher János Salamon in the left-liberal weekly Magyar Narancs: "We are inspired not by the lifestyle of the desert recluse, but far more by that of the Greek gods. We feel secure not in an endless ocean of sand, but in the stimulus-charged world of seduction, sin and evil thoughts. We do all we can just to avoid dying of boredom: we wage war, engage in politics, plot and conspire, intrigue, destroy, cheat, steal and lie. It's a sheer illusion to think that we or anything else might be inhabited by a divine or any other essence. But without essences there's nothing we can concentrate on. So we do well to avoid self-castigating concentration and perfect the technique of life-long distraction. Or in other words: to blot out the absolute superfluity of our existence with superfluous acts and objects."

Magyar Narancs - Hungary | 21/01/2010

János Salamon on mankind's escapism

Mankind's biggest enemy is objective reality, which is very different from the reality people fabricate for themselves, writes philosopher János Salamon in the left-liberal weekly Magyar Narancs: "For centuries we have succumbed willingly to the illusion that the place where we live, the Earth, is the logistic centre of the Universe and that we enjoy a special status among living beings. ... We have clung stubbornly to this fairytale, this cosmological and theological fantasy, as if our very lives depended on it. ... If a living being ... comes face to face with its enemy it has two possibilities: to fight or flee. Every time we have encountered reality we human beings have automatically sought refuge in fairytales, fantasies and myths. In the end we decided to heed Kant's call to look our enemy in the face. ... But before reason looks into the face of reality it must straighten things out with itself."

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