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When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

(Leonard Cohen, The Partisan)
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8th November 2018

Do you still believe in your symptom?

For Lacan, modern man is someone who has lost the sense of tragedy. This does not mean, of course, that the current existence of the speaking being is not traversed by tragedy, nor that civilization has reached a state of welfare that surpasses the previous one, nor that suffering does not continue to be one of the main ingredients of the human condition. It means, rather, that modern man begins to lose the meaning of all of this, that is to say, he begins to stop reading in pain the signs of truth. It means that modern man has ceased to conceive a distance between his facticity and the possibilities of realization of his dreams, because not only does contemporary civilization not demand of him a renunciation, it also inoculates in him the conviction that happiness is available to anyone.

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