The Accursed Share, Vol. Transgression is itself a push against an environmental order, that is, the illusion of a push against order that further solidifies said establishment. Servile use has made a thing an object of that which, in a deep sense, is of the same nature as the subject, is in a relation of intimate participation with the subject. It is not necessary that the sacrifice actually destroy the animal or plant of which man had to make a thing for his use.
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The Accursed Share, Vol. Transgression is itself a push against an environmental order, that is, the illusion of a push against order that further solidifies said establishment. Servile use has made a thing an object of that which, in a deep sense, is of the same nature as the subject, is in a relation of intimate participation with the subject.
It is not necessary that the sacrifice actually destroy the animal or plant of which man had to make a thing for his use. They must at least be destroyed as things, that is, insofar as they have become things. Are they the same thing?
When are they different? Sacrifice destroys that which it consecrates. This relates to intimacy. Not to history as accumulation, but history as the present — one moment. What is productivity if it is the means and also the goal of a capitalism mechanism? We must ask ourselves if productivity is just another myth.
It deprives us of the choice of an exudation that might suit us. Above all, it consigns men and their works to catastrophic destructions. The human mind reduces operations, in science as in life, to an entity based on typical particular systems… Economic science merely generalizes the isolated situation; it restricts its object to operations carried out with a view to a limited end, that of economic man. The choice is limited to how the wealth is to be squandered.
It is to the particular living being, or to limited populations of living beings, that the problem of necessity presents itself. A very real question arises. With continuing globalization, humanity now reaches a point in which a general economy is a particular economy. We begin to interact as components of a whole instead of emissaries of different spheres. But it would be remiss to simply idealize globalization or quantify it as a degree of utopianism.
The fact of the matter is that our natural resources will continue to decline. We must look at excesses in energy and not scarcities in production. The sun gives without ever receiving… Solar radiation results in a superabundance of energy on the surface of the globe. Bataille positions himself outside of sane society. He admits his contrary position to society at large. In the very precise sense that there is the choice of two things: Either the operation will fail, or the madman will arrive at the self-consciousness I speak of, because reason, being consciousness, is fully conscious only if it has for an object that which is not reducible to it.
The solar object is of special privilege, and requires a specialized, even aberrant, method of appraisal - a mysticism of anthropology.
Well, what constitutes a mystic order? What is a mystical constitution? Could a political position be a mystical one? Socialism, Bataille astutely reminds us, is clear in making the distinction between a nationalist socialism and a global one. To say nothing of material difficulties, without any connection to those a global socialism would encounter, the fact of being bound to one nation could alter the revolution, giving it a composite form difficult to decipher and deceiving in appearance.
In any case, the Soviet Union came to accept the game it had meant to avoid. But Bataille falls flat as he makes arguments for the cruelty and rigor of Soviet industrialization and collectivization.
An apology? Is Stalin the sun god?
Touchstone Terms: The Accursed Share
All the more reason to explore alternative framings, just as George Bataille did in his book The Accursed Share. Imagine you and your friends are splitting a pizza, and there is an extra piece. Who gets it? And what happens next? Perhaps it becomes the prize in a game of trivia.
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Mezim A wedding feast, an extravagant gift, an exhausting effort made to rescue afcursed lost at sea or in an avalanche, or a life spent in research that brought no profit and perhaps ended in a dead end — all these forms of potlatch get their meaning from death; they are festive and celebratory ways of dying. State University of New York Press, It was complete bedlam I have touched on how the gift is always a gift of self, and giving up your individualized existence is accudsed confrontation with death. Surpluses must be lost unproductively, and almost in this case, expenditure nearly found its form in the loss of life. Science always abstracts the object it studies from the totality of the world. University of Minnesota Press,Chapter 2: After their encounter, Andy expresses himself in this way: He continues on with his criticism of Native potlatch, putting it paradoxically with reference to self-consciousness and squander: It is evidently the latter. Batail,e gaze intensely at the inebriated homeless man on a busy city street as we step over his unconscious bataiple, in tune with hundreds of other pedestrians who trampled him that day. This page was last edited on 12 Julyat With the principle of risk entailing a new form of self-consciousness, and the explication of a constantly looming death, I answer the question what to do with Bataille in everyday life.