Grimace as grip of mythic doom.
Stasis of terror and the terror of stasis: permanence in antagonism.
Revolution as self-rescue from catastrophic given.
“It follows, as Benjamin continues, that the concept of universal history cannot be salvaged. That idea was plausible only as long as we could believe in the illusion of an already existing humanity, coherent in itself and moving upwards in a unified manner.”
“If humanity remains trapped by the totality it itself creates, then, as Kafka observed, no progress has taken place at all.”