Slavoj Zizek on True Love

Zizek’s radical redefinition of love and perfection. A beautiful sentiment, of course. But it’s always best to hear it from Zizek himself to get the full flavor. Here’s the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoNNG9byXuw. I also love Zizek’s comments on why love is evil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg7qdowoemo

Garbological Studies

We should develop, I think, a much more terrifying new abstract materialism, a kind of a mathematical universe where there is nothing. There are just formulas, technical forms and so on.  And the difficult thing is to find poetry, spirituality, in this dimension…to recreate – if not beauty – then aesthetic dimension…in things like this, in trash itself.  That’s the true love of the world. Because what is love? Love is not idealization.  Every true lover knows that if you really love a woman or a man, that you don’t idealize him or her. Love means that you accept a person…with all its failures, stupidities, ugly points. And nonetheless, the person’s absolute for you.  Everything life- that makes life worth living.   But you see perfection in imperfection itself.  And that’s how we should learn to love the world.  True ecologist loves all this.

Slavoj Zizek from Examined Life

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