Love, virtue & terror

Art, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Politics, Poetry a Pornography.

"Love is to share the impossibility of being a self." (Jean-Luc Nancy)

"Love is to share the impossibility of being a self." (Jean-Luc Nancy)

"One cannot separate violence from the very exist­ence of the state (as the apparatus of class domination): from the standpoint of the subordinated and oppressed, the very existence of a state is a fact of violence (in the same sense in which, for example, Robespierre said, in his justification of the regicide, that one does not have to prove that the king committed any specific crimes, since the very existence of the king is a crime, an offence against the freedom of the people). In this strict sense, every violence of the oppressed against the ruling class and its state is ultimately ‘defensive’. If we do not concede this point, we volens nolens ‘normalize’ the state and accept that its violence is merely a matter of contin­gent excesses (to be dealt with through democratic reforms)." (Slavoj Žižek)
"Love feels like a great misfortune, a monstrous parasite, a permanent state of emergency that ruins all small pleasures." (Slavoj Žižek)
"Today the enemy is not longer empire or capital. It is democracy.” (Alain Badiou)
"I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no melancholy." (Charles Baudelaire)
"Beauty is only the start of bearable terror.” (Rainer Maria Rilke)
"A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience." (Naomi Wolf)
"To Freud’s infamous question, ‘what do women want?’ it seems, then, that we have all-too-ready an answer. Why! They want shoes and chocolate and handbags and babies and curling tongs washed down with a large glass of white wine and a complaint about their jobs/men/friends. This model of contemporary womanhood, as specific to advanced industrialized countries as it is, is everywhere. It is not enough to say that woman are being sold a lie by advertising, magazines and cinema. People have been saying this for decades. Debates about whether thin models ‘cause’ anorexia, or whether standards of beauty contribute to rising levels of depression, self-harm and anxiety are never quite satisfactory, even if there must be some truth of them." (Nina Power)
“Love is a violent passion to elevate one object at the expense of all others. Love is violence - violence is already the love choice as such, tears its object out of its context, elevating it to the Thing.” (Slavoj Žižek)
"Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity. Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism." (Alain Badiou)
"A book without words is like love without a kiss; it’s empty." (Andrew Wolfe)
"What does it matter how many lovers you have if none of them gives you the universe?" (Jacques Lacan)