SERIOUSNESS IS THE STANDARD OF BOTH ITSELF AND THE FATUOUS
True seriousness seems to be always elsewhere than in its natural places – it is neither where it is invoked nor where it appears in the role of an admonishing power, and never where it chastises us with a raised finger, a respectable dress, or a frown of disapproval. Whether individual or collective, emancipatory processes typically affect conceptual references; seriousness is one of them.
The intuition from which we start is that the conceptual crisis affecting seriousness is one of the major features that characterize our time. In this context, by “conceptual crisis” one should understand a condition of extreme vagueness affecting a concept whose task should be instead that of accurately educating individuals to the kind of respect due to reality in all its specific manifestations. Read more »