Should we wash our hands of it?

MELMAN Charles
Date publication : 14/04/2020
Dossier : Traduction éditoriaux
Sous dossier : En anglais


Should we wash our hands of it?
We can observe a crisis of monotheistic Western culture marked by the lifting of the transference which, up until this point, founded it, to end up in a multiplication of opinions, with, at its extreme end, each individual becoming his own idol.
It is thus that the current epidemic illustrates not only the deficits of science to be able to give just one answer, reminding us that it is not an instance, but rather being made up of a collection of more or less loquacious personalities, the disorder of whose behaviours the panicked nature of which are maintained by the media, the weaknesses of political power rendered incredulous since it is only as versatile as its informants.
But what is most striking is that death itself no longer seems to be the concept of a real, ignored or well-defined by antiestablishment behaviours and the refusal to admit that one’s power is not a joke.
Thanks thus to the choice of science for the title of absolute knowledge, nothing holds anymore, not even death, unless its statistical size comes to no longer concern individuals either, but rather only the whole.
Once we are there the crisis will be political, and we can foresee a referendum, why not from a popular initiative, which will give us a general, will make us refind the sense of the general. This will be the price paid by “culture” for having preferred to ignore psychoanalysis, Lacan amongst others.
Ch. M.
22 March 2020
Traduction faite par Michael Plastow

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