No one who was not involved in the writing could easily understand to what extent we both feel responsible for every sentence. Anyone who affronted the symbols fell prey in the name of the unearthly powers to the earthly ones, represented by these appointed organs of society. In other words, freedom is either a happy illusion or, depending on your mood, a practical joke. The rites of the shaman were directed at the wind, the rain, the snake out- side or the demon inside the sick person, not at materials or specimens. Adorno's writing may sometimes border on the obtuse. The unity of the manipulated collective consists in the negation of each individual and in the scorn poured on the type of society which could make people into individuals.
Sociology and Psychology (Part I)
It is the servant which the master cannot control at will. This bad conscience could motivate progressive change, though it just as easily could provoke even more violent repression. His comrades, who themselves cannot hear, know only of the danger of the song, not of its beauty, and leave him tied to the mast to save both him and themselves. Ludendorff took care of it much better. That is the verdict which critically sets the bound- aries to possible experience. In this the Jewish story of creation and the Olympian religion are at one:
Contradicciones: Theodor Adorno's "Jargon of Authenticity" and Adorno's criticism of existentialism
Where the development of the machine has become that of the machinery of control, so that technical and social tendencies, always intertwined, converge in the total encompassing of human beings, those who have lagged behind represent not only untruth. They suffer the fate which has always been reserved for triumphant thought. But this dialectic remains powerless as long as it emerges from the cry of terror, which is the doubling, the mere tautology of terror itself The gods cannot take away fear from human beings, the petrified cries of whom they bear as their names. The faculty by which the self survives adventures, throwing itself away in order to preserve itself, is cunning. The latter is constantly magnified into the choice between survival and doom, a choice which is reflected even in the principle that, of two contradictory propositions, only one can be true and the other false.
The epic does not say what happens to the singers once the ship has passed. In like manner, poetry, in its progressive imitations, can only make use of a single property of bodies, and must, therefore, choose that which awakens the most sensible image of the body in question, in that aspect in which it is to be regarded. The abstract self which alone confers the legal right to record and systematize, is confronted by nothing but abstract material, which has no other prop- erty than to be the substrate of that right. Through their claim to universal validity, the philosophical concepts with which Plato and Aristotle represented the world elevated the conditions which those concepts justified to the status of true reality. This tendency levels all the antitheses of bourgeois thought, espe- cially that between moral rigor and absolute amorality. Its truth, therefore, is no less questionable than its evidence is inescapable.