Sunday, July 12, 2015

‎The Past Exonerative

  “Living in the past exonerative tense, as in 'mistakes were made'”

held together by dissent
by heterogeny
one concept a day

face first
freckled & wan

she wrote in Singlish
physical loops
learning to spit, to dance
to destroy horizon

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wound of Spirit: Hegel's rotten body

"A writer who doesn't have a wound that's always open is no writer for me." -Canetti

"Hegel was never more wrong than when he wrote 'the wounds of the Spirit heal and leave no scars behind'." -Shaviro

Here, courtesy darkecologies is Zizek's attempt to get rid of Hegel's rotten body.  I want to say blah blah blah. That's also a Z quote.

Spirit’s return-to-itself creates the very dimension to which it returns. What this means is that the “negation of the negation ,” the “return-to-oneself” from alienation, does not occur where it seems to: in the negation of the negation, Spirit’s negativity is not relativized, subsumed under an encompassing positivity; it is, on the contrary, the “simple negation” which remains attached to the presupposed positivity it has negated, the presupposed Otherness from which it alienates itself, and the negation of the negation is nothing but the negation of the substantial character of this Otherness itself, the full acceptance of the abyss of Spirit’s self-relating which retroactively posits all its presuppositions. In other words, once we are in negativity, we can never leave it and regain the lost innocence of the origins; in the “negation of the negation” the origins are truly lost, their very loss is lost, they are deprived of the substantial status of that which has been lost. Spirit heals its wound not directly, but by getting rid of the full and sane Body into which the wound was cut. It is in this precise sense that, according to Hegel, “the wounds of the Spirit heal, and leave no scars behind.”  His point is not that Spirit heals its wounds so perfectly that, in a magical gesture of retroactive sublation, even the scars disappear; the point is rather that, in the course of the dialectical process, a shift of perspective occurs which makes the wound itself appear as its opposite— the wound itself is its own healing when seen from another standpoint.