art has been withheld from those for whom the
hardship and oppression of life make a mockery of seriousness,
and who must be glad if they can use time not spent
at the production line just to keep going. Light art
has been the shadow of autonomous art. It is the social
bad conscience of serious art. The truth which the latter
necessarily lacked because of its social premises gives
the other the semblance of legitimacy. The division
itself is the truth: it does at least express the negativity
of the culture which the different spheres constitute.
Least of all can the antithesis be reconciled by absorbing
light into serious art, or vice versa. But that is what
the culture industry attempts.
Adorno and Max Horkheimer (1944), Dialectic of Enlightenment
Be serious !
had all of his mail checked for explosives. He states
that he frequently receives undercover police protection. Russell: aristocrat interested in sex,
religion and mathematics (suicidal). Wittgenstein: born as jew, turn into
protestant died as catholic. Hume: self guided thought experiments
in Jesuit seminary in France. Deleuze: lung cancer, committed suicide,
throwing himself from the window of his apartment. Nietzsche: exhibited symptoms of a
serious mental illness, living out his remaining years
in the care of his mother and sister until his death.
Kant: spent his silent decade in isolation
away from people. Hegel: was a sickly child and almost
died of smallpox before he was six. Died of cholera
at age of 61. Descartes's: had tendency to work in
a large bread oven where he spent much time meditating. Leibniz: On several occasions, he backdated
and altered personal manuscripts. Sartre: a lifelong companion od Simone
de Beauvoir , though they were both polygamists. Marx: there is a disputed rumour that
Marx was the father of Frederick Demuth, the son of
Marx's housekeeper. Freud: had numerous psychosomatic disorders
as well as exaggerated fears of dying and other phobias. Jung: is believed to have had extramarital
affairs with patients and friends.
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