Dufourmantelle – 2012 Aug 17 (evening)


Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language. – Marx

  • Manipulation games are win-win – narcicistic games are most welcomed
  • Nostalgia was the first neurosis diagnosed
  • Risking your life – what does this have to do with the process of conversion
  • There is no world there is only islands
  • The art of touching hte soul while not touching the flesh – what is untouchable in the other
  • No one knows what a body can do – Spinoza

 The passage a l’act – the realisation of an actuality through a fantasy

  • We would like to think that are actions are our own

Conversion as Kairos 

  • The presence of pure pleasure 
  • Desires cease to be desires – becomes undone
  • New kinds of freedom – the possibility of alteration and otherness to inhabit us for just a moment
  • Kairos – in modern greek kairos is weather

Transgressive – conversion – learning – the ‘turning’

Chamber of Horrors – something has to be revealed – not a sacrifice 

Heidegger: the stone that has no world… the dasein which is worlding 

Is changing part of an ethical task?

Why do we want to learn?  Why is knowing good? 

Trauma could be good – it is trauma that creates history / society and we are in denial of this

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