What’s worse than the undecidable?
by Arran James
Derrida’s only true insight was that ethics lies in the experience of a certain failure: I don’t know what is happening, I don’t know what to do, I can’t decide. This also reveals the reason that ethics and politics are separable, why they fail to gel neatly together in a bloodless fashion. Politics lies in the experience of a certain success: I know what is happening, I am in among it, I can’t help but decide. Which of these is more terrifying? The difficulty is that these two moments so often coincide.
Beneath both of them is the experience of indifference. Neither ethical nor political, indifference knows only the burden and the paradoxical frivolity of all decisions.