Slavoj Žižek on the Pressure to “Do Something”

 

The pressure to “do something” here is like the superstitious compulsion to make some gesture when we are observing a process over which we have no real influence. Are not our acts often such gestures? The old saying, “Don’t just talk, do something!” is one of the most stupid things one can say, even measured by the low standards of common sense. Perhaps, rather, the problem lately has been that we have been doing too much, such as intervening in nature, destroying the environment, and so forth . . . Perhaps it is time to step back, think and say the right thing. True we often talk about something instead of doing it; but sometimes we also do things in order to avoid talking and thinking about them.”

–From Slavoj Žižek’s First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

 

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3 comments

  1. Will C. · September 5, 2012

    One of the reasons he’s a great thinker, truly.

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  2. atoasttodragons · September 5, 2012

    Not sure what to make of that.

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