“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Is This My Favorite Sentence?

Progress means: humanity emerges from its spellbound state no longer under the spell of progress as well, itself nature, by becoming aware of its own indigenousness to nature and by halting the mastery over nature through which nature continues its mastery.   Theodor Adorno

I think I've been (not) figuring it out since I first read it in the early nineties.

I'm reminded of it this morning as it closes my piece on photographer Judy Natal for a major exhibition of her work.

If you don't know Judy's stuff then you should google images it now.

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