Yesterday, after work, just before sun set, in the balcony, listening the video lecture “The Modern and the Postmodern” of Wesleyan University in Coursera while thinking totally different subjects: planning all weekends of July & one week summer vacation. Tired and stacked. Oh, God! I have to do something to break this routine. Instead of waiting to find me a joyful idea, it is better to walk and meet somewhere in the middle, isn’t it? Since my thoughts were shouting, despite of headphone the voice of professor Michael S. Roth was coming from very very far away. While my dreamy gaze were jumping from one sun set clouds to another, I heard indistinct sentences of Mr. Roth “…when he is working he does not feel at home.” Hey! Now talking with me teach’! What was the subject of this lecture? Ah! From ENLIGHTMENT to REVOLUTION. Pay attention girl, so, he is telling something about your question.
“The external character of labor for the worker appears in the fact that it is not his own but someone else’s, that it doesn’t belong to him. And for Marx, this is a contradiction, because labor should be an extension of ourselves, that’s really what’s behind all this. We lose ourselves in our work. And he says that the result of this is that we are in contradiction. We are in conflict. He writes, as a result, the worker only feels himself freely active in his animal functions, eating, drinking, procreating, or at most in his dwelling and in dressing-up, and in his human functions, he no longer feels himself to be anything but an animal. In his human functions, that is, the real work, he no longer feels himself to be anything but an animal. And this is the famous sentence from this manuscript, what is animal becomes human and what is human becomes animal. What does Marx mean by that? He means that what is truly human about us, our ability to do creative work, to set off with an idea to create a pair of glasses, or to create a set of crops, and then to actually do it, that’s what’s human about us. So, as we get to the, the end of this text on alienation Marx introduces a concept that, that shows that the origin or the foundation on which he is making this critical comments about us living in contradiction. This is the concept of species-life, and here’s what he says about it, the object of labor is, therefore, the objectification of man’s species-life, for human beings duplicate themselves not only as in consciousness or intellectually, but they also, we also create ourselves actively in reality. We have to, we have to see ourselves in the world we create. WE’RE LIVING LIKE ANIMALS EVEN IF WE HAVE A GREATER CAPACITY TO BE HUMAN “
Good morning my dear creative side!