The Collapse of Modern Hope

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“[H]istoricist thinking and militant practice refuse to consider depression as a cognitive element, and this is a limit, one that today, for example, prevents us from being lucid about understanding the collapse of modern hope.  We should understand that the collapse of modern hope is certainly a disaster, but that it also contains elements that we should succeed in understanding, granted that our humanistic, socialist, illuminist, communist, values no longer have any place.  And this is depression, when you realize that your desire no longer has any place in the real.  This is the deep core of depression.  If you insist in not wanting to see this fact, you end up continuing to use tools that prevent you from acting” (p.160).

full text @ https://molecularrevolution.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/franco-berardi-felix-guattari-thought-friendship-and-visionary-cartography-1.pdf

2 responses to “The Collapse of Modern Hope

  1. Am I reading this post correctly as a call to arms for depression as a new kind of default freedom which has a liberatory potential? Certainly anyone with an advanced degree is depressed all the time and engaged philosophy supplants psychotherapy for them thereby removing the obstacle of lack of pretense. Hope is an imaginary best not conceived in Nietzschean terms, or here, its seeming opposite. Berardi might ascribe this state of hopeful being to all the Indonesians who were forced to reenact their own tortures for the camera 15 years later and viewed the simulated reenactment, as opposed to further actual torture, a sign that their belief in hope is validated. We should all be so hopeful in the age of defenstration.

    • “Am I reading this post correctly as a call to arms for depression as a new kind of default freedom which has a liberatory potential?”
      nope, the only potential liberation is from inflation/prometheanism.

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