The Accursed Share: Volume 1: Consumption by Georges Bataille (Mar 26 1991)

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Yet he misuses the negation he makes of the application of the assets he wastes, bringingjnto_c_C'ntradiction not just himself yet man's whole lifestyles. The latter hence enters into an ambiguity the place ij^remains: It areas jhe, price, the status and the reality of lifestyles within the ne^tion^f-jthe_sejr^ile_ useof possessionsjjjut on the comparable tirr^it. _rn^ex3-Sej^e_yie_pf_ this negation. at the oneTiand, within the beneficial and graspable factor it discerns that which, being essential to it, can be utilized for its progress (or its subsistence), but when strict necessity ceases to bind it, this "useful factor" can't fullyyt resolution to its needs. Con­ sequently, it demands that which can't be grasped, for the dead employment of oneself, of one's possessions, for play, yet ok makes an attempt tograsgjhat which it wanted to be ungraspable^tp usejhat whoseuti/jtr it denied. it isn't adequate for our left hand to not recognize what the fitting hand offers: Clumsily, it attempts to take it again. Rank is solely the influence of this crooked will. In a feeling, rank is the other of something: What founds it really is sacred, and the gen­ eral ordering of ranks is given the identify of hierarchy. it's the obdurate selection to regard as a disposable andjjsable tAingjhat whose essence is sacred, that_whichjs^ thoroughly faraway from the profane utilitarian_sphere, the place the hand — unscrupulously and for servile'ends — increases the hammer and nails the bushes. yet ambiguity_encurnbers "rfie"°pfofane''bperatioHjust_as it emptfe<^^re^ ; veb)e^^nc^oJFj^s_meaning and adjustments it into an apparent^comedy, _,. This compromise given in our nature heralds these associated sequence of deceptions, exploitations and manias that supply a temporal order to the plain unreason of background. guy is unavoidably in a mirage, his very mirrored image mystifies him, so cause is he on greedy the uhgraspable, on utilizing transports oflost hatred as instruments. Rank, wherg__ seventy three THE ACCURSED percentage loss is modified into acquisition, corresponds to the job ofthe intellect,jwhich_r£duces the items of suggestion to objects. In aspect of'factTthe contradiction of potlatch is printed not just via­ out historical past, yet extra profoundly within the operations of idea. typically, in sacrifice or in potlatch, in motion (in heritage) or in contemplation (in thought), what we search is often this sem­ blance — which by way of definition we can't grab — that we vainly name the poetry, the intensity or the intimacy of ardour. "We are unavoidably deceived for the reason that we wish to seize this shadow. THE present OF contention: " P O T L A T C H " 6. luxurious and severe poverty. "' but when the calls for ofthe lifetime of beings (or teams) indifferent from life's immensity defines an curiosity to which each and every operation is referred, the final move of lifestyles is however entire past the calls for of people. Selfishness is ultimately disap­ pointed. it sort of feels to be triumphant and to put down a definitive boundary, however it is handed at the least. without doubt the rivalries of individu­ als between themselves remove the multitude's skill to be over­ run by means of the worldwide exuberance of power.

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