“Paradise is…pervaded by an infinite melancholy.” – Slavoj Zizek http://ift.tt/1LJfu4x

Advertisements

“For a brief time Hegel ..had been captive to the illusion that the French Revolution was the restoration of classical Athens in his midst, but by the December 1800 ..he was convinced that the ideal of reconciliation with an apparently alien world could not be achieved by recapturing a lost past” – Holderlin ..through ..the concept of love, pointed out to Hegel the way beyond the Fichtean dilemma of having to choose between theoretical and practical reason, i.e., between domination of the self by the not-self or object and domination of the not-self by the self. Domination, whether theoretical or practical, is incapable of achieving the authentic reconciliation of subject and object possible only through love. Dieter Henrich has persuasively argued that this thought, planted in Hegel by Holderlin, is the germ of Hegel’s own mature standpoint (Henrich, 9-40). Ineffable “love” will in Hegel’s vocabulary shortly become “life,” and will end up as the conceptually intelligible infinite “Spirit”

– Introduction to Hegel’s Letters http://ift.tt/1NaLL4u

“We remind ourselves repeatedly that our own loss is nothing compared to the loss experienced (or, the even worse thought, not experienced) by he or she who died” – this attempt at corrective thinking serves only to plunge us deeper into the self-regarding deep. (Why didn’t I see that, why am I so selfish.) The very language we use when we think about self-pity betrays the deep abhorrence in which we hold it: self-pity is feeling sorry for yourself – JOAN DIDION http://ift.tt/1gwxwed

“People in grief think a great deal about self-pity. We worry it, dread it, scourge our thinking for signs of it. We fear that our actions will reveal the condition tellingly described as “dwelling on it.”” – We understand the aversion most of us have to “dwelling on it.” Visible mourning reminds us of death, which is construed as unnatural, a failure to manage the situation. “A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty,” Philippe Ariès wrote.. ..“But one no longer has the right to say so aloud.”

– Joan Didion The Year of Magical Thinking http://ift.tt/1UdMGDt