The ‘cult of values’ as addressed by Theodor Adorno in his 12th lecture on the ‘Problems of Moral Philosophy.’ 9 July 1963:
This cult arises then essentially from the yearning for guidance; its norms are justified not by reason but are themselves the product of yearning. This is not expressed in the values themselves. On the one hand, they are arbitrary; on the other, they express the weakness of human beings who are unable truly to determine themselves and to obey their own law, but who instead go in search of something that ‘might come and take them along’. They pride themselves on the result which they refer to as ‘solid’ and ‘down to earth’.