Deleuzian Triptych | Priest, Antichrist, Catholic

To read Deleuze's Difference and Repetition is a demanding exercise. Partly because of his novel use of language, partly because complex ideas are developed. Instead of trying to summarize its entire content, this short text takes one theme present in Difference and Repetition (a minor theme - you could say) and cuts it out of context. The theme in question is “a Deleuzian triptych”. A triptych with three thinkers: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Péguy.

Mystery of the Unspoken

The incarnation is the key, distinctive theme within Christianity. It is through this lens that we see God in our particular way. God becomes human. Does God therefore forget He is God? Traditional theology, theologies of confession, seems to suggest, through the motif of a multiplicity, a three-in-oneness, that God simply does not forget, but takes up anew a novel portion: creation. God becomes that which God created. Yet, this puzzle remains unsolved. How does the uncreated become perishable, the infinite become bounded by space and time? We may endeavor to concede that this is a mystery, and it is here where we begin to transform our confessions, words on a page perpetually inscribing our desires, into a darkened hush which falls from our lips.

Deus ex Machina | Moralism, Obedience, Desires

There is, according to Bergson, a continuous creation of unforeseeable novelty which seems to be going on in the universe. However, the human inclination to posit an original nothingness which precedes being prevents us from asking metaphysical questions that accounts for this novelty, rather we tend to create inert and enclosed images of life that presumes to know what bodies can do.

Ashes

The land lay flat under the weight of the sky, endless, ready to take him anywhere forever—isolating him with its crushing distance, calling him to walk where the sun sinks in to its dusty grave, calling him to a walk he will never finish,

Crossing Borders

In a recent interview with Swedish television, the French president Emmanuel Macron was asked why young people in Europe are drawn to extremist ideologies and terrorism. In his answer Macron mentioned that there is a crisis within the Islamic religion, which I believe is correct, but what truly stood out for me was when he continued by saying that there is something fundamentally wrong with our European society since young people who are born in our countries are attracted by propaganda exclaimed by extremists and terrorists over the Internet.

Desiring Life

One of the more curious features of those who would inhabit Desert Islands is, as Deleuze writes, were they sufficiently separate and creative, they “would give the island only a dynamic image of itself, a consciousness of the movement which produced the island, such that through them the island would in the end become conscious of itself as deserted and unpeopled. [read more...]

The Will to Forget

History does not disappear in the midst of our becomings. It is much like being, plastic. It changes. Yet, each historical moment provides a foundation for the next. Through this process of becoming our being is formed and reformed, but not quite evenly. Tiny ripples of temperature disequilibrium in the early stages of cosmic evolution led to galaxies, stars, and planets. This analogy shows how history is not homogenous. The history of the slave is not the same history as that of the slave-master.

The Will To Power Turned Upon Itself

A common trait among progressive political activists is the assumption that the will to power translates to coveting authority over established institutions, and that politics can be reduced to an ongoing struggle for authoritative power between oppressors and their victims

The World Produced by the Imagination of God

Henri Bergson writes that humankind suffers from the habit of asking poor metaphysical questions. His claim is that by proceeding from emptiness to fullness; from non-being to being, we raise non-existent problems that imprisons our minds, and consequently prevents us from recognizing the continuous creation of unforeseeable novelty. What is at issue here is the natural proclivity of the human mind to work upon a phantom of duration rather than duration itself. The overwhelming tendency to confuse the less with the more has thus, according to Bergson, resulted in a quest for a supra intelligence outside of time, when in truth our understanding is already disconnected from the mobility of the real.

Desert Islands

Straining under the weight of their unimagined constructedness, the cathedrals are sinking into the earth, the immense pressures extending outward and against our tunneling activities beneath the citadels, pushing our roots outward in all directions, energizing our rhizomatic networks with new life at every turn. [continue reading]