A Gaseous World

Alfredo Tucci
For sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman, our time is characterized by liquefying institutions, our relationships, and the sense of what we are. Bauman says that we live in a “liquid world,” an allegory that’s echoed amongst the thinkers of this century. But if we give it a little thought, it’s somewhat inadequate, and if you ask me, I would dare say it has fallen short, even as a metaphor. If, as everything seems to indicate (through heating, acceleration, volatility), we’re in a predominantly fire stage, liquid seems to be a totally inadequate simile to describe the present moment. Fire and water are opposites that do not complement each other— they’d

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