“When we neurotically feel aversions to take up social roles we display a scepticism towards the uprightness of symbolic mandates or jobs.” – We are troubled by the idea of taking up the role of being a public persona, because in modernity we can sense how any such big Otherly persona only works into the hands of the obscene underside of the workings of a society run by masks. Zizek thus writes, ‘Modernity involves ..the inability of subjects to assume symbolic mandates. What prevents them ..is the ..perception of a ‘stain of enjoyment’ in the big Other,’ the Law as infested with an obscene superego underside.



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