“Modern man, for Baudelaire, is not the man who goes off to discover himself, his secrets and his hidden truth; he is the man who tries to invent himself. This modernity does not “liberate man in his own being”; it compels him to face the task of producing himself.”
“Modernity is distinct from fashion, which does no more than call into question the course of time; modernity is the attitude that makes it possible to grasp the “heroic” aspect of the present moment. Modernity is not a phenomenon of sensitivity to the fleeting present; it is the will to “heroize” the present.”
from: What is Enlightenment? by Michel Foucault
One of the assigned readings in my eCourse, The Moderbn and The Postmodern, is this essay of Michel Foucault.This an enlightening course for me.