The sacrificial gesture does not aim at some exchange with the Other to whom we sacrifice: its more basic aim is, rather, to ascertain that there is some Other out there who is able to (or not) to our sacrificial entreaties. Even if the Other does not grant my wish, I can at least be sure that there is an Other who next time, maybe, will respond differently: the world out there, inclusive of all the catastrophes that may befall me, is not a blind meaningless automaton, but a partner in a possible dialogue, so that even a catastrophic outcome is to be read as a meaningful response, not as a realm of blind chance. Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism – SLAVOJ ZIZEK
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