“…(S)ense can only endure in despair and extremity; it needs absurdity, in order not to fall victim to objective madness…The capacity for fear and for happiness are the same, the unrestricted openness to experience amounting to self-abandonment in which the vanquished rediscovers himself. What would happiness be that was not measured by the immeasurable grief at what is? For the world is deeply ailing. He who cautiously adapts to it by this very act shares in its madness, while the eccentric alone would stand his ground and bid it rave no more. He alone could pause to think of the illusoriness of disaster, the ‘unreality of despair’, and realize not merely that he is still alive but that there is still life.” (128: Regressions)
From Adorno's Minima Moralia (Verso edition).