Monday, August 18, 2014

Extra Credit - Chiasmus

As long as necessity is socially dreamed, the dream becomes necessary. - Debord

I think of keeping up with the Joneses when I read this Chiasmus, we pursue goals and aim for things we deem necessary not because they are truly necessary but rather because we "collectively" dream of them to be necessary. In reality,  it does not matter how insignificant they really our and how insignificant our pursuits really may be. As long as we all dream of them together, they become a necessity.

1 comment:

Lea Dandan said...

In my opinion, this is how societal constructs are impressed upon the conscience of others. Most people think that this is a collectively agreed upon truth, when in fact there are a number of silenced controversial opposing opinions that are waiting to be recognized. There is usually a dominant conservative force, with the opposing minority waiting to tip the balance. Once the balance is tipped, this revolution becomes reality.