... where the decline of ideology represents a crisis only for certain strata, and the objectivity which comes from unmasking ideologies always takes the form of self-calrification for society as a whole, the complete disappearance of the utopian element from human thought and action would mean human nature and human development would take on a totally new character. The disappearance of utopia brings about a static state of affairs in which man himself becomes no more than a thing. We could be faced with the greatest paradox imaginable, namely, that man, who has achieved the highest degree of rational mastery of existence, left without any ideals, becomes a mere creature of impulses. Thus after a long tortuous, but heroic development, just at the highest stage of awareness, when history is ceasing to be blind faith, and is becoming more and more man's own creation, with the relinquishment of utopias, man would lose his will to shape history and therewith his ability to understand it.- Karl Mannheim 1936, pp 262-3.
Thursday, 2 March 2017
Thought that this was quite an arresting passage in Ideology and Utopia. Sounds very now: