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Better to shoot the people or kill them in the womb than put them in serial apartments or have them eat from plates of which there are already a thousand castings, and it is precisely the most beautifully formed which are the most dangerous. Horrible. Or if they are housed in boxes they didn’t build themselves and which they cannot and may not remodel, even if they were given this freedom.
From: MY EYES ARE TIRED (excerpt), 1957
The creative impotence of the individual having become totally out of hand, as expressed by standardisation, socialisation, copying, linearisation, ant-ification, sterilisation, and dosisation, a new and terrible illiteracy has developed. The responsibility for this lies with the criminal methodology of our system of instruction as practised in the universities, academies, finishing schools, and schools. The systematic and counternatural learning, studying, and copying of alien knowledge is performed hand in hand with the systematic killing of the will to shape and create things. The people produced by such education are incapable of assuming the intended responsibility for themselves and for us all. Official and universal progress is thus based on a fundamental error.
From: THE PINTORARIUM, 1959
It is disgusting to see what is understood as freedom now. When you stroll through the city you get the feeling that you are walking through a prison: ruler-edged windows, ruler-edged buildings, the people as identical as if they wore prison uniforms. It is a self-made prison. What the people now take to mean freedom is no longer a jail which they are forced into but rather one which they themselves obediently enter. For they have already learned the taboos and prohibitions by heart.
And then the new freedom revolution will come: a man will want to be different from his neighbour, will want to travel in a different vehicle, will want to have his outside wall and window another size, another height, another shape and made out of different material than his neighbour’s. He will refuse to move into a building or live for a minute longer than necessary in a building which has a number of apartments exactly alike one on top of the other and side by side. He will even refuse to go down a street lined by buildings with ruler-edged facades or symmetrical windows.
Freedom without happiness is no freedom. Man can’t be happy without independent, creative activity. Whoever carries out plans programmed in advance by a superior is unhappy, has to be unhappy, can never be happy. Individual happiness is based on individual differences, on distinctive traits in people. It is not based on similarities. Similarity brings death. Equality leads to nothingness, it leads to totalitarianism, it leads to prison, it leads to limitless subjugation. Only he who is conscious of himself, only he who takes the time to get know himself, only he can free himself.
The last revolution was for freedom exploitation, from hunger, from poverty. And – here – it has been successful. The new revolution is for freedom from systematic annihilation of humanity, freedom form the assembly line that leads to death.
From: REAL FREEDOM, 1966
Our real illiteracy is not the ignorance to read and write and not the incapability to repeat other people’s knowledge, but the inability to create.
From: FROM A CREATIVE KNOWLEDGE TO CREATIVE IGNORANCE, 1981
Our society is anonymous. It is inhumane, a breeding ground for dictatorship and tyranny because unfortunately everyone tends by nature to lead a life in the herd, a sheep-like existence, thus making it all the easier for the powers that be to keep tabs on us.
The true democratisation of man means that he must now develop further creatively.
Only he who thinks and acts creatively lives. In essence we are dead, because we are not creative.
From: A SHEEP-LIKE EXISTENCE, 1990
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