the gentlewoman

julia kristeva
"one must always be exiled in order to write."
"To me, this is an experience of not belonging. When I write, I stand beside something, never in the middle of it. One keeps a distance. A distance also to oneself as well, a kind of exile from oneself, where one in a sense is a stranger to oneself, in order to be able to write. (...) To be able to think, you can not stay confined to one place, because then you do not think, you only repeat what is being said around you. To think ... thought is a question. To be able to ask, you must have a distance, be both on the inside and on the outside of things."

hannah arendt
"For many years I have met Germans who declare that they are ashamed to be German. I have often been tempted to answer that I am ashamed to be a human being. This elemental shame, which many people of the most various nationalities share with one another is what finally is left of our sense of international solidarity; and it has not yet found an adequate political expression" (...)
"the Greek experience of wonder was rooted in the experience of beauty (Kalon), the experience of wonder today-if not engaged in a flight from reality-is rooted in the experience of horror at what humans are capable of, the speechless horror that philosophically must be endured and politically instituted against: "It is as though in this refusal to own up to the experience of horror and take it seriously the philosophers have inherited the traditional refusal to grant the realm of human affairs that thaumadzein, that wonder at what is as it is. For the speechless horror at what man may do and what the world may become is in many ways related to the speechless wonder of gratitude from which the questions of philosophy spring"

helene cixous


William Tam said...

What Julia says seems to quite make sense to me since you have to liberate from your own self and be a some sort of observer in order to write, especially when you have to write an autobiography since you need an impartial mind. But then again, it depends on what you write. If you are writing literature and novel and stuff, it is largely based on your feelings which I don't think any great work can be produced when you disassociate from your own self. Moreover, most of our opinions are based on what we think about the world. There's no such thing as objective opinions. They are always subjective. So I think we should be exiled from the place that we are familiar with rather than from our own selves in order to write.

I have no idea what Helen says though. I have a general idea of what she wants to say but it could have been written or said better.


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