Georg Simmel Secrecy and adornment
(1908)


[The] meaning [of adornment] is to single 
the personality out, to emphasize it as outstanding in some sense but not by means of power manifestations, not by anything
 that externally compels the other, but only through the pleasure 
which is engendered in him and which, therefore, still has some 
voluntary element in it.

One adorns oneself for oneself, but can
 do so only by adornment for others. It is one of the strangest
 sociological combinations that an act, which exclusively serves 
the emphasis and increased significance of the actor, nevertheless attains this goal just as exclusively in the pleasure, in the 
visual delight it offers to others, and in their gratitude.


Mark

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