„Socialism in life demands a complete spiritual transformation in the masses degraded by centuries of bourgeois rule.“
„But for National Socialism with this demand for social justice stands and falls the question of destiny for the German people, whether the German people can find its way to a noble nation, or whether it will eke out a miserable life in degradation and corruption as a fellaheen nation.“
— Gottfried Feder German economist and politician 1883 - 1941
„In the life of the mass-order, the culture of the generality tends to conform to the demands of the average human being. Spirituality decays through being diffused among the masses when knowledge is impoverished in every possible way by rationalisation until it becomes accessible to the crude understanding of all.“
— Karl Jaspers German psychiatrist and philosopher 1883 - 1969
„The true goal of the bourgeois life, in other words, is not self-enactment, but diversion. Most people need the organised distraction of work (if they can find it). Idleness - the life of the playboy who doesn't answer the phone - is simply too demanding.“
— John Gray 1948
"A difficult business," http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2009/04/bourgeois-life-work-botton New Statesman (2009-04-16)
„The Marxist critique is only a critique of capital, a critique coming from the heart of the middle and classes, for which Marxism has served for a century as a latent ideology…. The Marxist seeks a good use of economy. Marxism is therefore only a limited petit bourgeois critique, one more step in the banalization of life toward the "good use" of the social!“
— Jean Baudrillard French sociologist and philosopher 1929 - 2007
Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory 15 (1987) "When Bataille Attacked the Metaphysical Principle of Economy"
„The physical life of an individual person is limited, but the life of the masses united as an independent social-political organism is immortal.… Only when an individual becomes a member of this community can he acquire the immortal social-political life.“
— Kim Jong-il General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea 1941 - 2011
"Theory of the Immortal Social-Political Body" (1986)
„The demand for group rights will widen in the society, because social life increasingly becomes organized on a group basis.“
— Daniel Bell American sociologist, writer, editor, and professor emeritus at Harvard University 1919 - 2011
Chapter 5, Unstable America, p. 198
„The rule systems governing transactions among agents in a defined sphere specify, to a greater or lesser extent, who participates (and who is excluded), who does what, when, where and how, and in relation to whom. ln particular, they define possible rights and obligations, including rules of command and obedience, governing specified categories of actors or roles vis a vis one another. The theory deals with the properties of social rule systems, their role in patterning social life, and the social and political processes whereby such systems are produced, maintained, and transformed as well as implemented in social action and interaction.“
— Tom R. Burns American sociologist 1937
p. 8; Cited in: Carola Aili, Pamela Denicolo, Lars-Erik Nilsson (2008) In Tension Between Organization and Profession. p. 228.
„The call to the cloister demanded of Luther the complete surrender of his life. But God shattered all his hopes. He showed him through the Scriptures that the following of Christ is not the achievement or merit of a select few, but the divine command to all Christians without distinction. Monasticism had transformed the humble work of discipleship into the meritorious activity of the saints, and the self-renunciation of discipleship into the flagrant spiritual self-assertion of the "religious."“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
translated as The Cost of Discipleship (1959), p. 47.
„The very acceptance of the spiritual life demands enormous courage. This courage is not the courage of a haughty, rough person who will strike others to assert his superiority; it is totally different.“
— Sri Chinmoy Indian writer and guru 1931 - 2007
Context: The very acceptance of the spiritual life demands enormous courage. This courage is not the courage of a haughty, rough person who will strike others to assert his superiority; it is totally different. This courage is our constant awareness of what we are entering into, of what we are going to become, of what we are going to reveal.
„Devotion as an expression of gratitude to God can turn into a social force and bring about transformative changes in all aspects of human life and at all levels of society. -.“
— Pandurang Shastri Athavale Indian philosopher, spiritual leader and social reformer 1920 - 2003
„I would emphasize again that social and economic solutions, as such, will not avail to satisfy the aspirations of the people unless they conform with the traditions of our race, deeply grooved in their sentiments through a century and a half of struggle for ideals of life that are rooted in religion and fed from purely spiritual springs.“
— Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States of America 1874 - 1964
„A people is but the attempt of many
To rise to the completer life of one;
And those who live as models for the mass
Are singly of more value than they all.“
— Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
Luria, Act v. I count life just a stuff To try the soul's strength on. In a Balcony.
— Husayn ibn Ali The grandson of Muhammad and the son of Ali ibn Abi Talib 626 - 680
Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.44 p. 192
„The question to address is that of the conscious unity of student life... the will to submit to a principle, to identify completely with an idea. The concept of "science" or scholarly discipline serves primarily to conceal a deep-rooted bourgeois indifference.“
— Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940) 1892 - 1940