Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia
Chapter Ten: Learning to Live in History: Alternate Historicities and the 1990s in The Years of Rice and Salt
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Learning to Live in History: Alternate Historicities and the 1990s in The Years of Rice and Salt
As long as man concentrates his interest contemplatively upon the past or future, both ossify into an alien existence. And between the subject and the object lies the unbridgeable “pernicious chasm” of the present. Man must be able to comprehend the present as becoming. He can do this by seeing in it the tendencies out of whose dialectical opposition he can make the future. Only when he does this will the present be a process of becoming that belongs to him.
—GEORG LUKÁCS, History and Class Consciousness
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