4.09.2008

"_________ can be practiced through a long effort of learning, memorization, and assimilation of a systematic ensemble of precepts, and through a regular checking of conduct aimed at measuring the exactness with which one is applying these rules. It can be practiced in the form of a sudden, all-embracing and definitive renunciation of pleasures; it can also be practiced in the form of a relentless combat whose vicissitudes -- including momentary set backs -- can have meaning and value in themselves; and it can be practiced through a decipherment as painstaking, continuous, and detailed as possible, of the movements of desire in all its hidden forms, including the most obscure."

4 Comments:

Blogger K. Silem Mohammad said...

Jujitsu? Violin? Sexual abstinence? Pretty much anything works.

09 April, 2008  
Blogger judy j said...

Augustine?

10 April, 2008  
Blogger JC said...

Actualizing? It actually is, t'isn't it?

10 April, 2008  
Blogger Alli Warren said...

Y'all close. It's Foucault. And the missing phrase is: sexual austerity. Booyeah.

10 April, 2008  

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