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The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror.
– Hans-Georg Gadamer
I basically only read books that are over 2,000 years old.
The more language is a living operation, the less we are aware of it. Thus it follows from the self-forgetfulness of language that its real being consists in what is said in it.
Long before we understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society and state in which we live.
In fact history does not belong to us; but we belong to it.
The real being of language is that into which we are taken up when we hear it – what is said.
It is one of the primary motives of modern art that it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer, the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art.
It was clear to me that the forms of consciousness of our inherited and acquired historical education – aesthetic consciousness and historical consciousness – presented alienated forms of our true historical being.
Nothing exists except through language.