“The devotion now given to art is probably more fervent than ever before in the history of culture. This devotion takes the form of an extreme demand: now that art is no longer required to please, it is expected to provide the spiritual substance of life.” Lionel Trilling, Sincerity and Authenticity
“I’ve tried to show how the roots them-selves are in a state of constant flux and change. The roots don’t stay in one place. They change shape. They change colour. And they grow. There is no such thing as a pure point of origin…. but that doesn’t mean there isn’t history.” Deleuze and Guattari.
“Whence, therefore, in another context, the necessity to repeat the mystery of Golgotha to once again become its contemporary. …By simply analyzing the Jewish will to be, which posits itself anew. The experience of Hitlerism was not sensed by every-one to be one of those periodic returns to barbarism which, all in all, is fundamentally […]
“But let me make it perfectly clear that in no way is suffering necessary to find meaning. I only insist that meaning is possible even in spite of suffering—provided, certainly, that the suffering is unavoidable. If it were avoid-able, however, the meaningful thing to do would be to remove its cause, be it psychological, biological […]
“Labour […] already requires discourse and consequently the height of the other irreducible to the same, the prese-nce of the Other. There is no natural religion; but already human ego-ism leaves nature by virtue of the human body raised upwards, commi-tted in the direction of height. This is not its empirical illusion but its ontological […]