Let’s be honest: Zizek is a strange dude, but wow is he an amazing philosopher!

“The inherent obverse of ‘Be your true Self!’ is… the injunction to cultivate permanent refashioning, in accordance with the postmodern postulate of the subject’s indefinite plasticity… in short, extreme individualism reverts to its opposite, leading to the ultimate identity crisis: subjects experience themselves as radically unsure, with no ‘proper face’, changing from one imposed mask to another, since what is behind that mask is ultimately nothing, a horrifying void they are frantically trying to fill in with their compulsive activity.”

Page 373 — Zizek, Slavoj. The Ticklish Subject: the Absent Centre of Political Ontology. London: Verso, 1999.

About JoeL

I completed a Master of Music degree from McGill University. I am currently working towards an Artist Diploma also at McGill. I like to do philosophy as a hobby.

3 thoughts on “BE YOUR TRUE SELF!

  1. One of Zizek’s finer moments, I agree.

    Who/what do you read this quote as directed against? I tend to read it as directed against a sort of popular culture version of Deleuze, which both does and (perhaps) does not actually look a lot like Deleuze.


  2. I agree with you. And there is something strange about the injunction to “be yourself.” Because, of course, we are not born with this orientation, we are taught it. So, in order to be myself, I first must listen to somebody who told me to be myself and then from that point on I don’t listen to anyone else. I will die if I am to listen and follow somebody else’s advice. And Yet. Where did this command come from in the first place?


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