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p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120%; }The last stage of
the laboring society, the society of job holders demands of its
members a sheer automatic functioning, as though individual
life had actually been submerged in the over-all life
process of the species and the only active decision still required of
the individual were to let go, so to speak, to abandon his
individuality, the still individually sensed pain and trouble of
living, and acquiesce in a dazed, ‘tranquilized,’ functional type of
behavior. The trouble with modern theories of behaviorism is
not that they are wrong but that they could become true, that
they actually are the best possible conceptualization of
certain obvious trends in modern society. It is quite conceivable
that the modern age – which began with such an
unprecedented and promising outburst of human activity – may end
in the deadliest, most sterile passivity history has ever

Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition (1958)

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