"I don't give clear answers to even the simplest, most direct questions, I like to complicate issues. I hate simple narratives. I suspect them. This is my automatic reaction."
He seems to speak not concerned with his audience, but rather speaking because he has a passion for it. My first impression of Zizek was that he always has something to say. Often you hear him say, “ And so on…” I believe this is his way of controlling his thoughts because he realizes that he could talk for ages and not run out of words. Not many have this ability of self-realization. Zizek has strong views – of which he contradicts at times himself – but his two views that intrigued me were his views on misanthropy and romance that I will be discussing below.
Video: Zizek the Misanthrope!
- “The one measure of true love is: you can insult the other.”
- “Love is not idealization. A true Lover knows that if you really love a woman or a man, that you do not idealize him or her. Loves means that you accept a person, with all its failures, stupidities, ugly points and nonetheless the person is absolute for you, everything that makes life worth living, that you see perfection in imperfection itself. And that is how we should learn to love the world.”
- “ I say love you more than anything else. In this quite formal sense, love is evil.” – I thought this statement was important because it shows his constant contradiction, which he doesn’t have a problem admitting.