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De:	Bertil Haggman 
Enviado el:	lunes 18 de mayo de 1998 6:29
Para:	ernst-juenger-l@maillist.ox.ac.uk
Asunto:	Re: 12th Contribution by Bertil Haggman from _Die Schere_

172 (p. 122)
 
  "In diesem Rahmen ist die Rueckkehr von Promethiden
  ein Ereignis unter anderen. Prometheus ist der
  Bote der Titanen zu den Goettern; er wetteifert
  mit ihnen, doch reicht er nicht an sie heran. Was
  Goetter durch ein 'Es werde' schaffen, etwa den
  Menschen, bedeutet fuer ihn harte Fron. Prometheus
  bildet Menschen, doch erschafft sie nicht.
 
  Immerhin koennte man mit den Titanen auskommen. Das
  Zeitalter des Kronos galt bei den Alten trotz
  seiner Grausamkeiten fuer das Goldene. Die Menschen
  alterten nicht und ueberlebten geistig, nachdem sie
  entschlummert waren - das geht noch ueber Huxley
  hinaus.
 
  Auf die Rueckkehr titanischen Wessens in die Gestalt
  des Arbeiters verweist der Zustrom plutonischer
  Energie, die voresrtst eher gefuerchtet, ja negiert
  wird als bherrscht. Das wird erst moeglich, wenn
  sie sich personifiziert.
 
  Auch hier ist die Buehne gerichtet, bevor das Schauspiel
  beginnt. Gerichtet heisst sowohl geruestet wie auf-
  geraeumt. Das Publikum ist zur Stelle, die Erwartung
  auch.
 
  Dass Titanen letzthin nicht genuegen, hat das Scheitern
  des nach ihnen getauften Schiffes am Eisberg augurisch
  bestimmt. Es ist selten, dass Kassandra so in die
  Einzelheiten  geht."
 
  Commentary
 
 It is in my opinion extraordinary that EJ brought up
 the Titanic in 1990, as we have all in 1998 been
 reminded of the catastrophe by the succesful movie
 of James Cameron. He commented on the night of the
 Oscar gala 1998 on the sinking of Titanic:
 
 'The sense was that they were in the shining,
 golden, upwards spiral of progress and that
 everything was only to get better and better,
 and nicer and nicer: now we have electric light,
 we have subways, and we have flying machines,
 and we have transatlantic travel through the
 power of steam, which is what the Titanic
 represents. And the telephone had just been
 invented, and movies were new and people were
 exited about that. There was recording of music
 for the first time, wireless telecommunications.
 All of these things that we of course take for
 granted were new at that time. So there is this
 tremendous optimism, this tremendous excitement.
 If we understand and absorb the message of the
 warning against putting our faith optimisti-
 cally in technology, putting your faith
 optimistically in the application of technology
 by flawed systems, because it was really
 human failures that sank the Titanic, not the
 ship itself. The technology itself was fine.
 It was the state of the art the time. Titanic
 was a well made ship. Its hard to criticise
 its mode of fabrication. It was just piloted into
 an iceberg in the middle of the ocean. It was
 not meant to survive that. There are many
 metaphors that can be gleaned from the Titanic.
 All that, I think, accounts for its continuing
 fascination for the public at large with a
 disaster that happened 85 years ago.'
[Roberto Calvo Macias]  But he lets unresolved one of  the big discussions of this Time, and of EJ vision of life ( quoted from another point of view by MH). Can we control tecnology? The failures of tecnology are our failures? in wich measure is the singular person responsive from tecnology dangers? 

Best wishes
roberto  

Greetings

Bertil Haggman



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