Seamus Justin Heaney passed away on August 30, 2013, at the age of 74. From his very first published poem "Diggers," the subject of workers and their tools has been central to the writings of Seamus Heaney.
In his 1940 short story "Inside the Whale," George Orwell satirizes the focus in Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. Miller's characters are protected by the fat of the whale and never discuss the burning challenges and tasks of their historical time. Is this an apt characterization of our time where the bailout of banks and the mutation of private losses into public losses are accepted without resistance? In his poem "The Egg," Gunter Grass says we are born in an egg and our life project is to break the shell.
"Personal performance" always depends on past generations and state interventions. The 1% stylize inequality as the motor of innovation and growth. Exploding inequality is the end of public spirit and interdependence. What is done by the state could be done by the community. Without the social contract, we become wolves to each other, objects not subjects.