In a world of increasing globalization, and individualization, we are more concerned with our own lives, choices, destiny than with the lives, choices, destiny of others.
ANTHONY GIDDEN: Globalization is the way of the future. It will connect everyone with everything. No longer will there be divides within our society. Cultures will be bridge. Globalization is the natural result of human expansion. It will bring us all together. It is the key to harmony.
MICHEL FOUCAULT: You talk as if globalization is the key to world peace.
ANTHONY GIDDEN: Is it not?MICHEL FOUCAULT: I do not see how it can be so for you are forgetting the fundamental flaw of globalization.
ANTHONY GIDDEN: And what might that be?MICHEL FOUCAULT: It is based on money.
ANTHONY GIDDEN: Ah. You are a cynic, I see; one who diminishes the value of money in the hope of doing so will create peace whilst neglecting to admit the importance of the value of money in life; an importance that is perhaps even greater in this day and age.
MICHEL FOUCAULT: Cynic. Interesting. Perhaps. But I prefer the rationalist. I do not, in your words, undermine the essence of money. One needs money to survive, but I will direct you to a quote I found whilst browsing the newspapers of the fastest growing economy in the world:I do not understand your generation. Your generation has grown up in a rich and varied environment, but has no roots or foundation. You have an excessive passion for the future, yet almost no interest in history. You have hardly and of the constraints of tradition, and yet you lack any real beliefs. To put it simply, idealism is rare in your generation. Pragmatism and individualism have won out.1ANTHONY GIDDEN: (pauses) What a bleak view of this current generation.
MICHEL FOUCAULT: Yet it strikes a bone does it not? A raw nerve?ANTHONY GIDDEN: (pauses) From China I suppose is where that article is from?MICHEL FOUCAULT:...