Sunday, June 14, 2015

All that we do is lie to ourselves

So the conclusion to be drawn from all this is that the category of the real is ultimately a purely formal category. It's not a category of some formless content disturbing order, it's a pure structural gap. It's an entirely non-substantial category. It's...If we may put it in these terms, it's a difference, but a pure difference. A pure difference in the sense that it's a difference which is paradoxically prior to what it is the difference between. So it's not simplythat we have two terms and there is a difference between the two terms. Paradoxically, the two positive terms appear afterwards as attempts to dominate, cover up the tension etc. of this difference.
-Slavoj Zizek, "The Reality of the Virtual"

The lesson of this is ontological lesson: is: one cannot coincide with itself, pure difference, because of this pure difference as a secondary effect the multitude explodes.
-Slavoj Zizek, "The Reality of the Virtual"

Then may we not sum up the argument in a word and say truly: If one is not, then nothing is?

Certainly.

Let thus much be said; and further let us affirm what seems to be the truth, that, whether one is or is not, one and the others in relation to themselves and one another, all of them, in every way, are and are not, and appear to be and appear not to be.

Most true.
- Plato, "Parmenides"

10 comments:

FreeThinke said...
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FreeThinke said...

____________ The Fittest ____________

The cockroach, like the horseshoe crab,

Is said to be successful

By Darwinists, 'cause we don't grab

The crab and vermin's stressful.


~ FT

FreeThinke said...

_____ The Ass’s Lament _____

Alas! Alack! For good or ill

The world is no tea party.

When issues press, voices get shrill

And indignation hearty.


This may distress the sensitive

And rouse self-righteous ire

But Life's duress oft tends to give

Each ass a kiss of fire.


~ Kassandra Kaputski

FreeThinke said...

____________ An Rx ____________

The best way to defeat a fool?

Shower her with ridicule!


We've learned the tactic from the Left

Who of all else seem quite bereft.


Insults, curses, shouts and threats

Won't pay a penny of our debts,


Relieve us of our social ills,

Or pay for all the latest pills.


So when an ass steps up to rule us

'Tis best to say, "You do not fool us,


"Your King parades without a stitch

And so do you. You got so rich


Pretending that for us you cared.

If I were you, I'd not have dared.
For all the tea leaves do portend
That you shall get it in the end.




~ La contessa, Vendetta Sanguini

The Absolute Marxist said...

Let's try not descend to their level of subjectivity, FT. ;)

FreeThinke said...

Are you kidding" When it comes to human perception and human understanding EVERYTHING is "subjective." We make up all sorts of high-faluting terms, and polysyllabic names to make ourselves look "smart" to the common herd, but at root ALL is FABRICATION.

"Reason is but the slave of Passion," and ever more shall be so.

-FJ said...

When it comes to human perception and human understanding EVERYTHING is "subjective."

And once, when it came to Divine Perception and G_dlike Understanding, the "Christian" G_d became "Subjectively Itself"... Self-Limitted... Jesus... Incarnate and then made Passion His slave.... or so some believe. ;)

-FJ said...

...other Rejoice that it may have been the End of Subjectivity.

-FJ said...

...and that from now on, He will always Be with us.

-FJ said...

...and through this "Subjective Act," He has forever borne away the sins of mankind.