don't be cruel

Ever since puberty, when it is customary to get excited about such questions, I have never really understood the so-called problem of relativism. My experience was that whoever gave himself over in earnest to the discipline of a particular subject learned to distinguish very precisely between true and false, and that in contrast to such experience the assertion of general insecurity as to what is known had something abstract and unconvincing about it. Let it be that when confronted with the ideal of the absolute, everything human stands under the shadow of the conditional and temporary – what happens when the boundary is reached at which thought must recognize that it is not identical to being, not only allows the most convincing insights, but forces them.

— T.W. Adorno, quoted in S. Buck-Morss, The Origin of Negative Dialectics.

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