„The world is mediocre. About that there is no mistake. Well then, has the world been mediocre since time immemorial? No. In the beginning, the world was chaos, and chaos is not mediocre. The mediocratization began when people separated the means of production from daily life.“

Zdroj: A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel (1982), Chapter 18, The Strange Man's Tale Goes On

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