Erik Torenberg @ErikTorenberg · Jan 1, 2021
Institutions ceased to be places for the *formation* of individuals Instead they become platforms for *performance* where individuals are allowed to be their authentic selves precisely because they are able to give expression to who they are on the inside
"Rieff's central point is that the abandonment of a sacred order leaves cultures without any foundation. The culture with no sacred order therefore has the task — for Rieff, the impossible task — if justifying itself by reference to itself. Morality will thus tend toward a matter of simple consequentialist pragmatism, with the notion of what are and are not desirable outcomes being shaped by the distinct cultural pathologies of the day."