Theodor Adorno and the “Culture Industr[ial Complex]“

Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno was born in Frankfurt in 1903 into a wealthy and cultured family. His father, a wine merchant, was of Jewish origin but had converted to Protestantism at university. Teddy (as his closest friends called him) was an extremely fine pianist from a young age. Until his twenties, he planned for a career as a composer, but eventually focused on philosophy. In 1934, he was barred, on racial grounds, from teaching in Germany. So he moved to Oxford and later to New York and then Los Angeles. He was both fascinated and repelled by Californian consumer culture – and thought with unusual depth about suntans and drive-ins. After the war, he returned to West Germany, where he died in 1969, at the age of 64. Continue reading

On the Closure of History Dep’t at the AAU

The Department of History at Addis Ababa University in Focus


That is my fav advice to novice alumni and senior academicians:
Today’s students must avoid falling into the trap of becoming graduate clones. Daring to spend your higher education years doing something you may not do for the rest of your life might just pay off after all.

When Collin Powell was at the point in his life to have a university education, considering the condition of poverty they are in, though with materialistic emphasis, his  mother Ari advised young Powell to go to the School of Engineering. She said to him: “You should go to the school of engineering. That is where the money is man.” Continue reading

THE MASQUERADE

If it is about the faces that we see today, the reality is that we are in an age of faces of mask than the real faces. There are many occult faces, suffering from moral, political, social and logical censure. Continue reading

IN THE LAND OF THE GLUTTONS: WHERE BELLY IS THE MIND

 

This is visceraland! The land of gluttons! The land of voracious appetite; appetite for food, money, human flesh and soul, other material possessions, but not ideal ones. In the land of the gluttons there is no place for thinking, contemplations, inventing, discovering, having fun…  there is a constant shortage of time for other, ‘extraneous’ activities except eating, grazing, munching, draining human blood. All the other activities, except those related to food and the belly, ingestion and egestion, belching and farting,…etc are extra-curricular activities. They have no time for their brain but they extremely care for their brawn; fond of and hypochondriac about the belly. Continue reading

On Gloomy Prognostications

 

In Astronomy Calendar of Celestial Events found on the Facebook Page Atheism & World Peace, 21 December 2012 represents, December Solstice,

“The December Solstice occurs at 11:12 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the southern hemisphere.”

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The Essence of My Existence

“I exist for those for whom I exist.”
Anastasia, The Ringing Cedars of Russia by Vladimir Megre

I always wonder why some individuals think we should exist, because they wished for that. But the reality is that existence is not something to be such a simple state of affairs in which a simple wish of some recessive and docile people turns into a reality. Continue reading