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For Kundera the load of dwelling is composed mainly in constriction, within the dense internet of private and non-private constrictions that enfolds us an increasing number of heavily. His novel exhibits us how ever ything we select and price in lifestyles for its lightness quickly revea ls its actual, insufferable weight. might be simply the liveliness and mobility of the intelligence get away this sentence —the very traits with which this novel is written, and which belong to a global fairly diverse from the only we are living in. each time huma nity turns out condemned to heaviness, i feel I should still fly like Perseus right into a diversified area. i do not mea n escaping into desires or into the irrationa l. I mea n that i need to switch my method, examine the area from a unique point of view, with a special common sense and with clean equipment of cognition and verification. The ima ges of lightness that I search usually are not fade away like goals dissolved through the realities of current and future..... within the boundless universe of literature there are continually new *The English translation of those strains from Montale's "Little Testa ment" has been supplied by way of Jonathan Galassi. avenues to be explored, either very contemporary and intensely historic, types and types which can swap our ima ge of the world..... but when literature isn't really sufficient to guarantee me that i'm not only chasing desires, i glance to technology to nourish my visions during which all heaviness disappears. at the present time ever y department of technological know-how turns out purpose on demonstrating that the realm is supported via the main minute entities, akin to the messa ges of DNA, the impulses of neurons, and quarks, and neutrinos wandering via house because the starting of time..... Then now we have machine technological know-how. it's real that software program can't workout its powers of lightness other than during the weight of undefined. however it is software program that offers the orders, performing on the surface international and on machines that exist simply as capabilities of software program and evolve which will figure out ever extra advanced courses. the second one industria l revolution, in contrast to the 1st, doesn't current us with such crushing ima ges as rolling generators and molten metal, yet with "bits" in a stream of knowledge touring alongside circuits within the type of digital impulses. The iron machines nonetheless exist, yet they obey the orders of weightless bits. Is it legitima te to show to medical discourse to discover an ima ge of the area that matches my view? If what i'm trying the following draws me, this is why i believe it could hook up with a truly outdated thread within the histor y of poetry. The De Rerum Natura of Lucretius is the 1st nice paintings of poetry within which wisdom of the realm has a tendency to dissolve the cast ity of the area, lead ing to a conception of all that's infinitely minute, gentle, and cellular. Lucretius got down to write the poem of physica l topic , yet he warns us on the outset that this topic is made of invisible debris. he's the poet of physica l concreteness, considered in its perma nent and immutable substa nce, but the very first thing he tells us is that vacancy is simply as concrete as good our bodies.