[NetBehaviour] & we

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Fri Jan 29 02:20:05 CET 2021

& we

http://www.alansondheim.org/SCREAMS.mp3 2017

'"Our body," said Nietzsche, who in many ways stands outside 
the tradition, "is a social structure composed of many souls." 
Michaux also declares that we are multiple, carried this way 
or that by influences of different intensity, from various 
sources, "born," as he puts it, "of too many mothers." "There 
is no one self. There are no ten selves. There is no self. 
SELF is only a position of equilibrium. (One among a thousand 
others continually possible and always ready.)" To follow 
through anyone's thinking, even that of an Aristotle, is to 
find that he is ill-informed about his own thought and its 
components: "His intentions, his passions, his _libido 
dominandi,_ his mythomania, his nervousness, his desire to be 
right, to triumph, to seduce, to astonish, to believe and to 
compel belief in what he likes, to deceive, to conceal 
himself, his appetites, and his disgusts, his complexes, and 
his whole life, harmonized without his knowing it, in organs, 
in glands, in the hidden life of the body, in his physical 
deficiencies, all of this is unknown to him."

When this fluid, elastic self attempts to come to grips with 
the world of objects, it is necessarily incapable of 
dominating them; they slip away.'

- From Richard Ellmann's Introduction to Henri Michaux, 
Selected Writings: The Space Within, New Directions, undated, 
translated by Ellmann, French edition 1944, pp. xv-xvi

'March 31, Tuesday [1942]

_LTI._ The language brings it out into the open. Perhaps 
someone wants to conceal the truth by speaking. But the 
language does not lie. Perhaps someone wants to utter the 
truth. But the language is more truth than he is. There is no 
remedy against the truth of language. Medical researchers can 
fight a disease as soon as they have recognized its essential 
properties. Philologists and poets recognize the essential 
properties of language, but they cannot prevent language from 
testifying to the truth.'

- Victor Klemperer, I Will Bear Witness, A Diary of the Nazi 
Years, 1942-1945, translated by Martin Chalmers, Random House, 
1991, p. 35, March 31, Tuesday, 1942

LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii, Victor Klemperer, 'studies the way 
that Nazi propaganda altered the German language to inculcate 
people with the ideas of Nazism'


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