"Total immersion; this is the ultimate reason why the love of nature has been for so long accepted as a religion. It is a means by which we can lose our identity in the whole and gain thereby more intense consciousness of being. I feel; therefore I am."
— Kenneth Clark (via evokit-notes)
(Source: youtu.be, via evokit-notes)
"The premier demand upon all education is that Auschwitz not happen again. Its priority before any other requirement is such that I believe I need not and should not justify it. I cannot understand why it has been given so little concern until now. To justify it would be monstrous in the face of the monstrosity that took place. Yet the fact that one is so barely conscious of this demand the questions that it raises shows that the monstrosity has not penetrated people’s mind deeply, itself a symptom of the continuing potential for its recurrence as far as people’s conscious and unconscious is concerned. Every debate about the ideals of education is trivial and inconsequential compared to this single ideal: never again Auschwitz. It as the barbarism all education strives against."
— Theodor Adorno - ‘Education After Auschwitz’. (via bustakay)
"Advanced music has no recourse but to insist upon its own ossification without concession to that would-be humanitarianism which it sees through, in all its attractive and alluring guises, as the mask of inhumanity. Its truth appears guaranteed more by its denial of any meaning in organized society, of which it will have no part—accomplished by its own organized vacuity—than by any capability of positive meaning within itself. Under the present circumstances it is restricted to definitive negation."
— Theodor Adorno, Philosophy of Modern Music (1948)
"His love of people as they are stems from his hatred of what they might be."
— Adorno, T. Minima Moralia (via thisusedtobeabandblog)
"Tenderness between people is nothing other than awareness of the possibility of relations without purpose."
— Theodor Adorno (via aphelion-and-pehelion)
"The revolutionary movement can be nothing less than the struggle of the proletariat for the actual domination and deliberate transformation of all aspects of social life — beginning with the management of production and work by the workers themselves, directly deciding everything. Such a change would immediately imply a radical transformation of the nature of work and the development of new technologies designed to ensure the workers’ domination over the machines.
This radical transformation of the meaning of work will lead to a number of consequences, the main one of which is undoubtedly the shifting of the center of interest of life from passive leisure to the new type of productive activity. This does not mean that overnight all productive activities will become in themselves passionately interesting. But to work toward making them so, by a general and ongoing reconversion of the ends as well as the means of industrial work, will in any case be the minimum passion of a free society.
In such a society, all activities will tend to blend the life previously separated between leisure and work into a single but infinitely diversified flow. Production and consumption will merge and be superseded in the creative use of the goods of the society."
— Debord & Canjuers, Preliminaries Toward Defining a Unitary Revolutionary Program (via optometryofthespectacle)
“No,” said the priest, “you don’t need to accept everything as true, you only have to accept it as necessary.”
"Depressing view," said K. "The lie made into the rule of the world.”
— ― Franz Kafka, The Trial