By Lawrence Durrell
A couple of lectures from one of many 20th century’s such a lot spell binding speakers
Lawrence Durrell used to be in his early twenties whilst, uninterested in the stiffness of London lifestyles, he took his relatives to reside in Corfu. Interwar Greece, whose demanding beds and mosquito swarms Durrell documented so tenderly in Prospero’s cellphone, used to be not more. within the first of this pair of lectures, given in the course of a Nineteen Seventies stopover at to California, Durrell recollects these days, conversing of relatives, poetry, and the enjoyment of the islands as no different author can. whilst battle got here to the Mediterranean, Durrell used to be swept into diplomatic provider, an experience he recounts in his moment lecture. even though a diplomat of the fashionable international, he served below males whose adventure stretched again to the times ahead of the phone, whilst ideas for crises needed to be devised via the ambassador, and never phoned in from London. those lectures on long-vanished worlds are a chic demonstration of the evocative energy of Durrell’s unequalled storytelling.
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3. Control measures which mankind shall adopt will depend, I f e e l , on the concept - held explicitly or implicitly - of happiness. SAMIRAMIN (Egypt) What I think Mr. Alain Birou has described in this paragraph is the phenomenon of alienation, i . e . the capacity men have for submitting to the product of their activity. What we need to know, therefore, is the nature of this system which appears to men as an implacable, objective force, imposing itself on them from outside. It does not seem possible to reduce the nature of this system to its formal, i .
The second important fact about irreversibîlîty îs that techniques and industry can only in quite exceptional and highly improbable circumstances be dislodged from their dominant role. Among such circumstances may be imagined: (a) An apparently 'external enemy', e . g . an attack from outer space leading to a complete unification of the populations of the earth, that would be continued even after the danger from without has proved to be unfounded. The ensuing reconciliation of antagonisms might conceivably bring about a gradual diminution of the role of techniques.
This is the key idea behind the question. I do not subscribe to i t . To me the technological development, of which at least half takes place in the military sector, is nothing but an expression of the age-old human struggle for power, military power, political power and economic power. Thus it is by no means moving 'about our heads' but very much 'in our heads'. It seems correct, however, that nothing can stop the technological development - until it stops us - unless we learn to control our lust for power and our greed.