octavio paz, mexican poet

“The ancients had visions; we have television.
But the civilization of the spectacle is cruel, because the spectators have no memory.
Because of that, they also lack remorse and true conscience.
They quickly forget and scarcely blink at the scenes of death and destruction.
They await the great yawn, anonymous and universal,
Which is the apocalypse and the final judgement of the society of spectacle.
We are condemned to this new vision of hell –
Those who appear on the screen, and those of us who watch.
Is there an escape? I don’t know.
One must seek it.”

Octavio Paz
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