The world is (without a formula to stop). Not taking account of moralistic declarations of concern over pollution, wars, politics, unfair economy … the incapacity to co-form and even more to transform this reality is evident. A hand cut off. Reality absorbs and neutralises diversity, it exists in a state which pushes us into viewing and observation, and forces us into reading. We are constantly under a certain impression, in a kind of perspective. The eyes: we are governed by the perceptional relationship between fascination and withdrawal, in which we are primarily receivers, or eye-witnesses, who can easily see the outward appearance of things, but have much more difficulties in discerning inner relations; and even if we would understand the course of events, we have no chance to actually influence the reality itself. A closed circle of the show. In this perspective it is precisely the invisible that controls everything, meaning that the perspective itself produces both the outlook and its fictitious or deceptive effects. Hence, the notional horizon can be very small and narrow. Psychology of animals. It is absurd in this context that the “objective”, “social” reality can be translated, measured and described, seen and presented in exact figures, graphs, diagrams and tables. The property of people. Is it numbers that we can believe in? Well, the calculated images of the world only emerge post festum as (lost) pictures, or momentary approximations: they present and record something that at this moment is already gone.
Is every current depiction or aesthetic rendering of the world and wars unreasonable and banal? Is the image itself unreal and false? Refuse. Television pictures and reportorial photographs appropriate the site of reality exactly on the account of the fact that they are skilfully edited. Television pictures are selected, mediated, and edited; they are not direct, nor do they reflect reality. Media pollution.
An outflow from the world. Pollution is actually the common, undeniable and persistent topic which can hardly be ignored when discussing other matters and things. No more isolation, the questions remain here. The most fortunate and best possibility, therefore, would be to keep the distance from the naked life of flesh; would this be more reasonable than any other visualisation or interpretation of carnal life? Out of the body. The solution, however, is not something that is supposed to be inherently harmonious and uncontaminated with the reality itself. Can we really see something unique, exceptional, and even 'exalted' above this objective and spoiled reality? Precisely at the 'exalted' level we are left without reflection, distanced from the image; we cut off the relation. To garden plastic flowers. And, essentially, without touching, without a direct confrontation (which is not necessarily an encounter) with reality we lose orientation, or the image, and its substitute is but a delusion.
Our world is not a large family. Hence the alternative conscious-ness can be nothing more than masking, a retreat; it is certainly not the solution to the problem. For the message was sent to the person who uttered it. The escape from brutal reality shows itself primarily as a reduction of the problem to the symbolic/rhetorical level, without strict structural demands. To erase the real image. To recycle horrible pictures of the world, to look into oneself means to resolve the discomfort primarily on the subjective level, on the level of the image. At the same time this “self-realisation” or “self-fulfilment” always takes one sole and explicit form. Cleansing in this case is meant for the narcissistic Ego, and therefore it is therapeutic rather than something global or universal. A beautiful, clean soul. Such a “conciliatory” perception of the world is mainly a result of powerlessness. Inability to assume a sincere attitude and to accept uneasiness as a 'natural' disposition towards the complex totality of the world. Egology.
Eliminated into the world. Whenever man came into contact with nature, he always disrupted a (“natural”) equilibrium of the natural state of things. The denial of this fact forces the subject to seek and try to find the “good' in himself, to see his personal ideal in the (great) Self, and to “do good” by himself and from himself, but actually for himself. Most frequently the “ecological” position remains on the verbal level, on the level of declaration aimed principally at self-cleansing (maybe even “decontamination”), and in this context it is most often quite sufficient, already accomplished: it is a personal contract with ourselves, a personal compromise that incorporates us (being “noble” in the eyes of the public) into existing systems without changing them. Capital is green, and water is clean … “Consciousness” is most often a better marketing manoeuvre of the profit-striving world than a firm (op)position in which the weaker participant unsuccessfully (but directly, at least) endeavours to persuade (for his own conviction) the stronger one. Today the real and the beautiful are no longer two notions of the same thing. (1996)