When production ceases
( and ) the production line rattles
to one last final halt ,
who then shall have the surplus
if there is no surplus to be had ?
Arising then out of the contradictions
of their own material production ,
what difference is there
between falsehood and truth ?
Imprisoned in the echo chambers of reason ,
all that is
is all that remains
all that remains is
laden with meaning .
Footnotes for the benefit of the Reader:-
Umberto Eco OMRI (Italian: [umˈbɛrto ˈɛːko]; 5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016) was an Italian novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher and semiotician. He is best known for his groundbreaking 1980 historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory. He later wrote other novels, including Il pendolo di Foucault (Foucault’s Pendulum) and L’isola del giorno prima (The Island of the Day Before). His novel Il cimitero di Praga (The Prague Cemetery), released in 2010, was a best-seller.