Fear And Trembling

In The Intelligence of Evil Baudrillard references Lichtenberg’s aphorism on the concept of the tremor: “Any act, even an exact one, is preceded by a trembling, a haziness of gesture, and it always retains something of it.”

Baudrillard discusses the tremor in the context of photography, one of his passions. Smiles, rainstorms, a 98-mph fastball—everything begins with hesitation and uncertainty.

“The true image,” writes Baudrillard, “is the one that accounts for this trembling of the world.”

I believe life’s big decisions contain this initial trembling. Some people push forward, confident in their ability to recover from failure. Change doesn’t induce panic attacks.

Then there’s me. Sometimes I forget to breathe.

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Author: chuck_snoad

I am a poet, philosopher and cultural critic living with depression.

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