"That the espousal of authenticity takes the form of a kind of soft relativism means that the vigorous defence of any moral ideal is somehow off limits.
In adopting the ideal, people in the culture of authenticity, as I want to call it, give support to a certain kind of liberalism, which has been espoused by many others as well. This is the liberalism of neutrality. One of its basic tenets is that a liberal society must be neutral on questions of what constitutes a good life. The good life is what each individual seeks, in his or her own way, and government would be lacking in impartiality, and thus in equal respect for all citizens, if it took sides on this question.
The result is an extraordinary inarticulacy about one of the constitutive ideals of modern culture. Its opponents slight it, and its friends can't s peak of it."
Charles Taylor in The Ethics of Authenticity
© Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, The Yawning One, uma das inúmeras esculturas em que Messerchmidt expressa a procura de uma fisionomia com que se identifique