Ossification

by Arran James

The real problem is not an excess of narratives or having too poor a narrative. All though these are problems they do not approach the catastrophe that lies in having too coherent a narrative. The uncertainty that liquid living produces tends towards the felt necessity of stability. Such stability can itself be pushed to excess. So it is that the grammatological dimension of the pathologies can be illuminated as that tendency to hyperstability. All systems share in their own version of a ‘belief flexibility’, even those that we name cultures [1].

When our narratives ossify and we are unable to view them impassively from a detached or defused perspective they threaten to swallow us in ‘delusional conviction’ [2]. At last indifference is allied to a kind of impossible sobriety and an experimentalism in regard to stabilisation. What is required is the organisation of one’s detachments.

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