Regarding Ernst Jünger’s “The Worker” – Part 2 of 6

Ernst Jünger was always interested in technology and the laws that govern it. Technology transforms the world. It gives it entirely new bases. It results in a relation of a new type between man and the nature he submits to his hold. The machine has only ever oriented natural forces; it is the form that permits their use. Man seized the energy of the cosmos and since then, his vital space loses its infinite dimension, it becomes transparent, calculable, limited. Technology is the master of the external world, the more it is dedicated to it, the more attention is accorded to the internal world seems untimely and sterile. Compared to the work of technology, metaphysical speculation becomes an importune distraction. A new type of man appears, for whom the mastery of technical instruments is more important than the “blue flower” of introspection. A new type of man, who calls for new forms of life. But these are themselves marked by the atmosphere of technology which impregnates all things. The new man is not an inexhaustible individual, nor a richly filled personality; he is a type, and, as such, he is bound to his fellows by a similarity, a conformity, that is in substance the expression of a certain fairly flat primitivism. This community of traits and this permanence of the essential creates between all the representatives of the “type” permanent bonds, bonds founded on a “existential belonging.” These bonds show to the exterior world that the type, placed at the center of existence, is in perfect harmony with his fellows. It is not a mechanically founded community, of the exterior, between immeasurable individuals, but a collective that is born from the simple fact that all the representatives of the type are tailored according to a uniform figure.

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