It is as the sole difference between “good old times” & today progress & innovation is that the absolute is now called “economy” or “efficiency” instead of “ether”.
Having a given absolute in “economy” means shaping an individual in terms of cost/benefit ratio, in term of efficiency. Still, underlying an individual in such bipolar terms means that someone is or isn't:the choice is between normality & being a scrap. As the dictionary says literally, one who is left over after the greater part has been used. By others.
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