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Proust, Minima Moralia, feeling “special”…

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Proust’s observation, that the photographs of the grandfathers of a duke and a Jew from the entrepreneurial class look so similar, that no-one thinks of the social ranking order, strikes at a far more comprehensive state of affairs [Sachverhalt]: all of those differences which comprised the happiness, indeed the moral substance, of individual existence, objectively disappear behind the unity of the epoch.
The notion that every single person considers themselves better in their particular interest than all others, is as long-standing a piece of bourgeois ideology. (Adorno, Minima Moralia, Aphorism 6, source)

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Look at drawings/ photos of people in Kenya at 1700, 1800, 1900 and now. They seem the same.

Look at drawings/ photos of people in London at 1700, 1800, 1900 and now. They change, depending on the epoch.

We believe that modern society protects the individual, but it actually crushes it. Our society imposes itself on us.

How special do YOU feel?

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  1. nweightman

    Hey. I was searching for old photographs on Google to fix and I came across the photograph at the top of this page and thought I would have a go at trying to fix it – it took a whole day to do, but i thought I would post the final photograph for you to see http://www.nweightman.co.uk/site/piwigo/picture.php?%2F75%2Fcategory%2F44

    1. skakos

      Thanks. However it seems that you need to be a UK citizen to access the site.

    2. skakos

      Managed to get a screenshot while the site was loading. Looks good! 🙂

      1. nweightman

        Oh my. My Apologies. I’ve only just seen this comment on wordpress :/ I’ve removed the UK only blocking. I was getting a lot of spam bots from russia and vietnam attacking my sites :/

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