[-empyre-] Vor dem Gesetz/Before the Law, hoveringly

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 22 01:09:57 EST 2014

I ment that maybe societies are normally unhealthy and our try to
"normalize" things, the frame violence and despair and happiness are
risen from our beliefs, born with the Modernity, on a shiny good world
where health and happiness were norms.
If we compare in strict terms the number of beheadings carried on by
ISIS and the number of people killed in drunk accidents on the
motorways or in random killings in the US schools, what ISIS does is a
grain of sand.
But the frame makes the difference :)

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM, Johannes Birringer
<Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:
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> dear Ana
> ah, maybe I misunderstood you, as you argued that societies are fundamentally unhealthy:
> [Ana schreibt]
> we talk a lot about healing, but suppose we don't need to be healed? I mean the idea of a healthy society is ludicrous, there is not a healthy society in
> the world.
> and if that were the case, you'd be confirming the bleak outlook or nihilistic overview that Alan enumerated insistingly earlier this morning, and your hope,
> which you do express, against the odds, perhaps in sync with the artistic work and cultural production & critical education foregrounded by Monika Weiss and
> Christina Spiesel, namely to "live in a real polyphonic society"  - what of this hope?  Alan, I hear your despair and it weighs heavily, and yet you spoke out, at that
> lecture or presentation you gave on Wednesday, and so did Andreas when he addressed the law on either side of a wall in Jerusalem, and this speaking
> out is what Christina meant I think.  I can''t manage to ponder the angels now (William must have Klee's/Benjamin Angel of History in mind who flies high,
> backwards, looking at the horror piled up, and yes, Alan, that horror grows and historically, how do you compare what cannot be forgotten or must be forgotten and
> ought not be forgotten?
> Johannes Birringer
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