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LQ Translations – A selection from Lacan Quotidien 115
31 juillet 2012
From LQ 115
GIVING BACK A HORIZON
After having made “bretonnisants” of us at the end of the seventies, revealing to us that we were a “sentimental crowd”, now Souchon – in his latest song – speaks to us of children. Souchon, of course, it is a simple song; he could be accused of being in the spirit of the time. I do not think so: He rather finds names for this spirit of the time [air du temps]: these times are suffocating for children. J.-A. Miller thus indicated it, in his intervention of March 19th, by stating: “When the Other suffocates the subject, it is a question of working with the child to take a step away from the Other, so that the child can get his breath.” (1)
Souchon’s song poses a strong binary that allows for the aforementioned breathing: There is the day, there is the night. The title in itself is Lacanian. Day and night, Lacan speaks of it, in fact, in February 1956 in his Seminar on the psychoses. Having visibly not convinced his audience in the previous lesson when he talked about “the peace of the evening”, he went back to what day and night are, in order to demonstrate that “reality is at the outset marked by symbolic nihilation [néantisation]”. In fact, he adds, “day and night are very early on signifying codes, not experiences”. There is day and night is the articulation that connotes presence and absence.
Sacha has repeated at school. But he was also obliged to be twice as careful in a life in which he tries to find some tranquility. His parents divorced, and the true children that are the parents tear themselves apart a bit, a lot, passionately: the ‘not at all’(2) will come, but it is slow. He is gloomy, closed and sad, not being able to speak.
The next session he comes back very anguished. He had a nightmare: “Sorts of people bleeding. Wounds. It flows and it wakes me up.” A rather long silence installs itself. How to take the thing?
He then makes a list -like citations of feats of arms or summons to appear- of incredible accidents which left traces on his body. Then he adds: “Only once I nearly died, drowning; and there I was scared.”
At the next appointment his smile is back, because he has had a dream which he is looking forward to telling me: “I could have all the toys. If I wanted to, several at the same time, I could do everything I wanted. I did not pay for them and so I could give them to someone. “
Freed from the sad reality -speech liberated- memories, formations of the unconscious, can thus emerge. The style of the dream is remarkable: the whole potential realization of the decision –that objects circulate once again- even though nothing is executed. Yet everything becomes possible. That the dream is equivalent to the realization of a desire means, in my opinion, that it allows Sacha the realization of a renewed desiring position.
(1) Jacques-Alain Miller, The Child and Knowledge, in Psychoanalytical Notebooks 24, 2012