Wisdom on Wednesdays—The very, only stuff of ourselves

Townhouse - Carl Schmitt

Townhouse, 1916, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in.
Probably a view outside the back of Schmitt’s studio in New York, then in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan (463 W. 21 Street).

“We have forgotten the ends. We are the middle, and media are rapidly becoming our sole concern through choice with some, through habit with many more, and as a result through necessity with most of us.
“This, I conceive as the tragedy of our present culture: that media are no longer in the middle but are the very, only, stuff of ourselves, and the ends can take care of themselves!”
from the essay “The Sense of Origins” (1930)

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