A perennial issue dealt with by KT Department of Metaphysics, Nihilism and Melancholia is what we dubbed the "dissolution of the past". This process runs in the background of the diverse subjects and unifies the social ills we address every now and then. It can also - and quite precisely - be pinpointed as the dissolution of the roots in all facets of human life. In this podcast we'll talk about one aspect of daily life which discloses it for the eyes of more or less everybody endowed with even modest sense of normalcy: a changing pattern of human work and its ever increasing instability pointing to the the total dissolution of what once were professions or vocations into a quagmire of increasingly abstract "jobs" that one is expected to change on yearly or even monthly basis.
KT introduces a new form of article named miscellanea, in the vein of Ancient and Hellenistic designation for treating various subjects in non-systematic manner - short interpretations of various passages drawn from a variety of sources – ancient authors, the lives of saints, classical or more contemporary authors and others.
At the end we give moral of the stories, just like in the good old days when drawing a morally uplifting conclusion from the story was not something to frown at.
We present the excerpt from Plutarch’s Parallel Lives - The life of the Roman general Lucius Aemilius Paulus.
How to beat discrepancies of modern living: half of your life you are corporate drone, waiter or construction worker and the other half you might just be striving for sainthood. Yet, as Mihai Marinescu tells us in this two part Eastern European self-help manual for aspiring rebels against the modern world, this is impossible. Then, what am I to do, one might ask? Well, gird yourselves with focus and patience and take a dip in this long and poignant analysis. We won't spoil too much for you if we give answer in advance: You can do what you can.
Sounds simple? It is anything but.