“[The way in which the film depicts her] progressive suffering [puts] us in the position of the sadistic observer secretly enjoying what he officially condemns” – [Lars von Trier’s film Dancer in the Dark professes] compassion with the excessively good heroine. [But the way in which the film depicts her] progressive suffering [puts] us in the position of the sadistic observer secretly enjoying what he officially condms: this sadistic pleasure is ..the hidden truth of compassion. And for this, von Trier should never be forgiven.
– Lenin’s Choice – SLAVOJ ZIZEK
“Fantasies of satisfaction are defences against desiring” – Fantasies of satisfaction are ..the attempt in fantasy to take the risk out of the desire. – Adam Phillips, Missing Out. In Praise Of The Unlived Life, p143
“We are greedy ..because we fear depending on something that doesn’t belong to us; and because we fear making choices” – Adam Phillips
in psychosis, on the contrary, there is a surplus of the gaze or voice, for a psychotic experiences himself as gazed upon (paranoiac) or he hears (hallucinates) non-existing voices. In contrast to both these stances, a pervert uses the voice or gaze as an instrument, he “does things” with them. (Slavoj Zizek)
“I do not become an object of the subjectivized big Other—this happens only in perversion. ..This gazing Other is fantasized, never part of reality, it is only ..a supposed gaze.” – SLAVOJ ZIZEK on the book Du Musst Dein Leben Aendern