question of the killer has not been solved
Now, 50 years later, this figure of
the rider who bravely faces the
storm can no longer be found.
Not that there are no more heroes, as already mentioned in another passage. But it has become difficult with this heroism, because actually one no longer knows where exactly one could start, with one's own courage.
Absurdly, one's own search for meaning decreased to the same extent as the categories of attributions offered increased. It was this "individualisation of all conditions - of life, of work, of unhappiness" or "The personalisation of the mass". This is how the Invisible Committee paraphrased a process of "we have become the representatives of ourselves".
Or as Debord and all the others before him also recognised: The alienation is now completed. The individual does what the alien dreams and desires demand.
The authors of "The Coming
Insurrection" describe it even more
... "what prostheses it takes to hold an ego together! If "society" had not become this definitive abstraction, it would denote all the existential crutches that are handed to me so that I can drag myself along, all the dependencies that I have entered into at the price of my identity."
The choice is huge - of identities.
And you can switch between "user", "friend" and "member" with a flick of your wrist on your smartphone. And that makes it even easier to avoid your own responsibility in this (offered) anonymity.
But whether one can escape
responsibility or not, one knows it:
each and every one of us is partly
to blame for this global crisis...
The romance is gone. Long live the dashcam (which is to be seen as a shortening of the selfie stick). At least one is left with one's own view of oneself. And so it goes on with this own glance at oneself. The storm has become unimportant and thus any indignation that would be necessary is extinguished.
As long as one can occupy oneself with this hypothesis of the "I", what resistance is needed. Well, sure. It would need resistance against sch itself.
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This image was also created by a text-to-image programme. The text was: I have to cange my life.
question of the killer has not been solved
Resistance begins with the individual.
These small, daily refusals of the
individual make themselves felt when
many do the same.
Resistance requires individual choices in daily life.
Resistance as a collective process
Pierre Bourdieu defined resistance in quite practical terms: Resistance arises when competitive struggles are overcome in favour of struggles that challenge the dominant order: by real, effectively mobilised forces, practical classes that begin to act collectively and publicly.
...but for that, as an individual, you need a binding connection to a "we"...
word about heroes:
Heroes have abdicated, so they say, but the need for characters with role model character still exists. And we can find them on demand on our smartphones. Today they are called influencers. They haven't done anything heroic, and they have no intention of doing so. Yet they are accepted as worthy of emulation.
The question of who or what is a hero is difficult to answer today. Especially in Germany. Because Germany and heroes - that was a problematic combination after the Second World War.
Nevertheless, there is no shortage of heroes, because you meet them everywhere: a DIY store names hard-working employees "Hero of the Week", footballers become "Heroes of the Quarter Finals" and some musicians are called "Heroes of Pop".
So they still exist - the heroes. So today everyone is a hero, if only they manage to step into the public eye.
In the past, a hero was only someone who sacrificed himself for an idea, a higher goal or the community.
This word "hero" no longer has any meaning in everyday language. Which is not so dramatic at first, because the classic role of the hero is male, ruthless and aggressive.
And that leads to the figure of the barbarian as a modern cultural hero. The entertainment industry shows it - we are still amusing ourselves to death....
It is precisely the cliché of the barbarian's lack of culture that can be fascinating, because the barbarian hits the nail on the head with his refusal of cultural civilisation: down with the monosyllabicity of bourgoisie - even if it officially no longer exists.
So the question of resistance is also a question of heroism, is it not?
- Riding the storm (introduction)
- The world (introduction 2)
- Leaving the comfort zone (introduction3)
- The fetish in the spectacle
The term information pathology
- The private view
- The individual
- The community of Coyomeapan