“The superego is the idea of ourselves, in the sense of a self which we know we are not, but we think we should represent it to the social sphere.” – We are humiliated when it becomes apparent to others that we are not that which we try to represent. This experience of humiliation takes place even when no others are there as witnesses of our actions, because others are always present in our behaviour in form of the gaze. The gaze is the presence of others regardless of the actual presence of anyone. – ANDRE VANTINO
“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.
– ANDRE VANTINO
– SLAVOJ ZIZEK
“Schreber was possessed by the vision of the obscene God who wanted to use him as the feminine partner in the act of copulation – this fact ..is ..strictly correlative to the fact that he was the victim of a proto-Foucauldian disciplinary father” – SLAVOJ ZIZEK
“The ..suspension of moral prohibitions is the crucial feature of today’s ‘postmodern’ nationalism.” – SLAVOJ ZIZEK on the superego injunction to enjoy regardless of prohibitions
“I LOVE U. I WANT TO HAVE YOUR ABORTION. This is the ultimate expression of love: the gesture of sacrificing the offspring + thus asserting the love..as the absolute end in itself.” – The screenplay of FIGHT CLUB contains [thus] the best PRO-CHOICE line in the history of cinema (..it was not included in the film)
– SLAVOJ ZIZEK