On/off

Only the introduction of machines in our daily lives introduced the mechanism of on and off… With it along came a disenchantment, eradicating the threshold, the passage from one state to another: The dream, the waking-up, the twilight, the dawn and its mysteries of potential transformations, trees mutate into monsters, flowerbeds into floods. Switch and the light is off, switch and the light is on. The dimmer does not bring back the lost experience, because it is clear what will happen when we turn the button in one or the other direction. But the potential transformations of the lost passages turned into ever faster technical transformations that we cannot switch off… We shouldn’t mistakenly think we are safe, when we switch on the light or the surveillance camera, whose lens has no preferred object, or the missile defence, whose system has no preferred subject. We have created our own monsters and still try to treat them like pets.