LA POSSIBILITÉ D’UNE ÎLE

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According to the Supreme Sister, jealousy, desire and the appetite for procreation share the same origin, which is the suffering of being.  It is the suffering of being that makes us seek out the other, as a palliative; we must go beyond this stage to reach the state where the simple fact of being constitutes in itself a permanent occasion for joy; where intermediation is nothing more than a game, freely undertaken, and not constitutive of being.  We must, in a word, reach the freedom of indifference, the condition for the possibility of perfect serenity.

Michel Houellebecq, The Possibility of an Island.

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