Thursday, February 9, 2012

retro-quotes: a series of germane remarks, by others, plucked from all over the place, and from all over the time - #21

"The end of history will be a very sad time. The struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one's life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination, and idealism, will be replaced by economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns, and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands. In the post-historical period there will be neither art nor philosophy, just the perpetual caretaking of the museum of human history. I can feel in myself, and see in others around me, a powerful nostalgia for the time when history existed. Such nostalgia, in fact, will continue to fuel competition and conflict even in the post-historical world for some time to come. Even though I recognize its inevitability, I have the most ambivalent feelings for the civilization that has been created in Europe since 1945, with its north Atlantic and Asian offshoots. Perhaps this very prospect of centuries of boredom at the end of history will serve to get history started once again."

--Francis Fukuyama, "The End of History?" The National Interest, Summer 1989.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Simon,
    I've tried emailing you regarding an article in the Danish lifestyle magazine Eurowoman. However, your mindspring-email boucnes. Can you perhaps drop me a line at Then I can elaborate on the article.
    All the best, Lise