Liquid Love: On the Frailty of Human Bonds (Anglais) Broché – 21 avril 2003
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Revue de presse
Anthony Elliott, University of the West of England
"This book is timely and shows accurate observation, lucid thinking and much background knowledge and wisdom"
John Calder, Camden New Journal
"Its thoughtful examination of our predicament is invigorating – like a cold shower."
"Liquid Love is invaluable for grasping the problems of living in a globalized world and inspiring individuals effectively to resolve them."
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The uncanny frailty of human bonds, the feeling of insecurity that frailty inspires, and the conflicting desires to tighten the bonds yet keep them loose, are the principal themes of this important new book by Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most original and influential social thinkers of our time. It will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology and in the social sciences and humanities generally, and it will appeal to anyone interested in the changing nature of human relationships.
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One cannot therefore acquire a "meaningful" relationship when confronted with such volatility, and even the desire for this has either vanished or suffered considerable diminution. The author writes that the goal of forming relationships in modern life is one where the delights of such are not to be intermixed with the downside, and finding fulfillment must be accomplished without bearing any burdens. This attempt at "squaring of the circle" he states has resulted in a burgeoning "counseling" industry, the members of which are all too eager to perpetuate the creation of such. This cynical commentary is not established scientifically, and no examples are given, but in this work, as in his others, statistical or scientific justification is absent, only opinions proliferate. But these opinions are interesting, even titillating, and could perhaps motivate some readers to consider to what degree the author is being accurate in his characterizations of modern life.
Relationships that are configured to "terminate on demand" are perhaps abundant, and finding agreement with the author is straightforward, as there are many anecdotal examples of his assertions. Sexual adventures, both "inside" and "outside" of marriage are frequent, and the flow of semen remains unabated in the modern world, if not increasing in rate. Swinging lifestyles, pornographic films and literature, and adulterous relationships are greatly assisted by technology and it seems there is a drive more for sexual creativity rather than procreation or self-indulgent pleasure. "Life is short" proclaims one website, so therefore "have an affair." Religion used to dissuade such adventures, and still does to some degree, but its hold, like other ideologies, even those of a scientific bent, is proving tenuous in the twenty-first century.
If the author commits any sin in this book it is because he seems to claim to speak for all, and forgets there are some who do not find the liquidity of modern life in any way burdensome. Far from considering living in this century an "exhausting chore" these individuals embrace uncertainty and find it immensely exhilarating. We find relationships, and sex, their immediate corollary, proving to be better, not worse for exactly the reason the author finds them troublesome or contradictory. Thankfully the traditions of the past have been supplanted by the uncertainty of the present, making life both more interesting and requiring more conceptual and physical alertness. We take nothing for granted in our relationships and we work diligently to both maintain and end them if necessary. The volatility of romance and sex are not a source of anxiety but instead a fascinating scenario that models the roller coaster ride of contemporary human relationships. To paraphrase Boris Pasternack, we are certainly all pygmies before the monstrous machine of change in the twenty-first century, but its ambiguities, along with its terrors, creates ample opportunities and awesome incentives.