Cautious Creation

Cautious Creation

At first glance, philosophy of immanence might appear as apologetics for pure hedonism. However, when reading such works as A Thousand Plateaus, even if one encounters both masochism and drugs,  at the same time there are parallel pleas for cautiousness. If, in Difference and Repetition, Deleuze chops down porphyry's tree, making difference primary, and abandoning same as genus. In A Thousand Plateaus Deleuze and Guattari grapples with the question of what comes next? One major concept developed is that of immanence. And immanence as being experienced on a plane. The immanent plane is double, something you have, yet also something made. Something you create. To create a plane of immanence is not an abstract concept, but a practice or a set of practices. In the chapter creating a body without organs, a preliminary remark is made: it can be terrifying, and even lead you to your death. Exploring one's own immanence is not a fairytale endeavor, therefore the need for caution. So much of existence is structured and safe, breaking it down is a mentally dangerous enterprise. Many have been defeated in this battle. Sawing off the branch you are sitting on is dangerous, especially, if the tree is porphyrous' tree. What creation of immanence demands is a full frontal attack on that which most directly binds you down. The three main things being: the organism, significance, and subjectification. To break loose, particular forms of self-destruction needs to be invented, and this is where the balancing act begin. Because, to push the borders of the organizing principles of the body, and escaping significance and subjection means to explore territories close to hallucination and psychic death. And a shattering of all the strata - of all significations, phantasies, and subjectifications -  would immediately create a body of nothingness. Ultimately, the only outcome of a pure self-destruction would be death. However, dismantling the organism has never meant killing yourself. Instead, it is about exploring in doses, discovering the art of dosages, avoiding the dangers of overdosing. The dangers involved means that there are worse things than staying stratified, worse things than being organized, signified and subjected. Instead, the worst that can happen is pushing oneself into near suicidal collapse. An example of this would be drug addiction, representing a failure in the art of dosages. Paradoxically, drugs are for the stratified body initially lines of flight. Softening the pressure of subjectification, loosening the grip of significance, mildly de-organizing the body. Yet, drugs do not guarantee immanence. Even if drugs, under necessary conditions of caution and experimentation, are modes of deploying of a plane. Usage without caution risks becoming a continual fall back into what was wanted to be escaped. The liberation becoming an artificial territorialization, based on chemical substances. Abusing drugs is rather an opening to discover through drugs what drugs lack. In order to survive, the totality cannot be destroyed all of a sudden. but a practice of diminishing, shrinking and cleaning is needed, and that only at certain moments. Learning how to self-destruct, not with a sledgehammer, but with a very fine file. The goal is not to find out what remains when everything is taken away. Instead, dedicating oneself every morning to struggle against the organism, yet, keeping enough of the organism for it to reform each dawn. Since there is nowhere to go that is not in relation to the strata., you have to lodge yourself on a stratum, and from there, experiment with the opportunities it offers. A cautious creation of an immanent plane requires much asceticism, much sobriety and much creative involution. Desire, yes, but also non-desire. To eliminate unsatisfied desires, complaints and grievance, that root each of us in ourselves, the immanent matrix of intensites, must become charged with the intensity = 0. Renunciation of external pleasure, or its delay, testifies to an achieved state in which desire no longer lacks anything but fills itself, thereby constructing its own field of immanence.

The Body of Foucault

The Body of Foucault

Sleepwalking with Spinoza

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