“…man no longer works at what cannot be abbreviated.”

‘He speaks of the perfect things in nature, flawless pearls, full-bodied, matured wines, truly developed creatures, and calls them “the precious product of a long chain of causes similar to one another.”‘ The accumulation of such causes has its temporal limit only at perfection. ‘This patient process of Nature,’ Valery continues, was once imitated by men. Minatures, ivory carvings, elaborated to the point of the greatest perfection, stones that are perfect in polish and engraving, laquer work or paintings in which a series of thin, transparent layers are placed one on top of the others – all these products of sustained, sacrificing effort are vanishing, and the time is past in which time did not matter. Modern man no longer works at what cannot be abbreviated.”

– Walter Benjamin

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