"_________ 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."


Blogger K. Silem Mohammad said...

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

09 April, 2008  
Blogger judy j said...


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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