Who Took the Awe Out of Law?
Madness, Melancholy, and the Limits of the Self: Studies in Culture, Law and the Sacred, Vol. 3, 1996
13 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2010
Date Written: January 1, 1996
The world seems to speed up and fall apart all around us. The factors are obvious: the information explosion, the internalization of markets and capital, the exquisitely complicated personal demands within overworked families. We experience much time and motion, with little time for emotion. What we can get instantaneously through computers and television makes us increasingly desperate for, but less adapt at, human connections. We have direct access to more information than anyone could want, often in unmediated form. We speed up and splinter simultaneously. Again we have become "dense commuters," who now move more rapidly "From the conservative dark/ Into the ethical life," but now we grow more inured to "habit-forming pain/ Mismanagement and grief."
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation