“There would be no cinema viewer finding pleasure in observing the screen if the very fundamental structure of subjectivity were not characterized by this impassive fascinated and perplexed gaze.” – SLAVOJ ZIZEK, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality
“The grail knight “solicits a response from the Other, thereby proving its existence” despite its absence and inexistence and thereby falsely but reassuringly “confirming the subject’s own being”. (Andre Vantino, citing Ben Ramm)” – “[He] sets off in search of the object that he believes ..will complete him, fill out his lack, but that is, of course, already a constitutive part of his”. (Ben Ramm) “Let us go [on the quest for the Grail] in search of what we shall never find” (Queste, 149:33).
“merely by being alive he is blocking his own way. From this sense of hindrance, in turn, he deduces the proof that he is alive.” – FRANZ KAFKA echoing LACAN’s notion of death drive as life drive