Have we gone mad?

The word “freakouts” denotes that a person has gone mad. In an argument, emotions suddenly spike and explodes inside the person. The word “meltdown” denotes that the person has reached a psychotic episode as if emotions has pulled him down. But this is completely counterintuitive. The “direction” of a public freakout is up. Situations tend to escalate to a climactic battle. The “public” portion of a public freakout has the individual participate at a “stage” where they can “purge” their emotions. Modern-day individuals face stressful situations all the time with their occupation, family, social status, commute, etc. A small inconvenience provides the perfect temptation to start with a small insult and build it up to a full blown purging session.

Manners, Sacrifice, and the Meaning of Life

Why do situations like these escalate? The answer seems obvious, to “play out” a psychotic episode where the audience is provided by the hegemonic economic movement of people. But the episode is psychotic rather than mad. The old Freudo-marxist notion that the economy works because everyone force down their impulsive emotions in order to hold a society together is no longer true. Sacrifice, especially the sexual instincts, is how individuals find meaning. The sexual energy sublimates in order to transform into the money, labor, and meaning of the general economy. The sexual form is that of stimulation and escalation into an orgasmic. The history of sex has always been the biggest taboo. But revenge hasn’t been so shunned. Revenge has taken this orgasmic function of sex and appropriated for itself.

It would seem that once a person obtains revenge, they would feel relieved and go along in their marry way. The way capitalism is structured, its axiomatic, has it so that this orgasmic pleasure of revenge is never reached. It’s almost impossible to attain revenge the way Nietzsche invitioned the “master class.” Nietzsche differentiated revenge is ressentiment. Revenge is a “slave class” virtue. In short, the slave class wants revenge precisely because they can’t obtain it. They don’t have the skill, education, stomach fortitude, energy, nor the valiant attitudes to obtain revenge. Revenge, in this sense, defines itself but also oppose itself at the same time. This leads to ressentiment. Ressentiment is not the anglicised resentment. Resentment denotes a grudge which is not the way “master class” practiced revenge.

The Scream 1895/Edvard Munch

Revenge is Hard to Come By

Revenge is good for people. In fact, it’s a necessary part of the human experience. The way society is set up makes it impossible to obtain revenge. As soon as one wants it, he is positioned to be desiring of revenge. So when an individual insinuate or perpetrates a situation, the flow of “master-slave” (winner-loser) flows away from him. A counterintuitive situation happens because the we established that a situation naturally escalates towards (up) a climax. The winner becomes loser and the loser becomes winner. The patient person -the one who does not react – is the *actual* loser but because of his stoic attitude, he wins. But the stoic individual never brought the event towards the climactic finale because he knows the stage of which his participates.

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