Jan 10, 2007

Look into the cracks
Incomplete thoughts on philosophy on the mid-week

The interesting question here is not, contra the title, 'Why the Jews Rejected Jesus,' we have know why (why Christ said they did, why Christians said they did and why they said they did) since the begining or even since before. The interesting question is what did it mean that they didn't, how that non-event acts an internal contradition, a self-disjoining, that pushes, creates and haunts. The attempt to explain why something didn't happen has shaped the formation of that culture from the Romans, who wanted to know why you would follow the dead king of a people who wasn't a king, to the apocalyptic efforts of the 20th century. This abscence has been troubling from Paul's turn to the Gentiles to the recent attempts to prepare for the rituals necessary to reinstate Law-of-Moses sacrifices in an as-yet-unbuilt temple. This is an essential insecurity, one of the kernals of contradiction that always trouble the center of a thing. We could be talking about American Liberalism, and find this founding absence, or about the art of Diego Rivera. The thing carries itself and its undefeatable counter argument, if it's consistant. The success is fitted with the failure. And also the other way around.

The implication, of course, is that this is a problem and to point it out is to criticize. Internal coherence is, after all, the method used to divide good theories from bad. To show that the good theory and the bad are not divisable is damn the good. The counter here is that internal coherence does not internally cohere, thus every edifice is cracked, thus you stop being able to see the edifices for the cracks, losing the accepted and understood focus like a man who suddenly sees the reverse in the reversable image.

Another method might be ethics. This would be to say look into the cracks. Fall through.

This is how I read. This is how a read Derrida. And philosophy. And this is how I read such that I continually abandon philosophy for stories.

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