The system doesn’t allow anything really, it excludes it all. It excludes everything. In theory – and great show is made of this – it DOES approve of and allow something. It approves of and allows those possibilities which it sees as being ‘lawful’ or ‘right’. It allows a specially indicated set of possibilities whilst tacitly disallowing all the rest. This so-called ‘allowing’ is trumpeted as being a great thing altogether, a magnificent separating of the true from the false. It is implicitly represented as being the Magnum Opus, the creating of order from chaos, or perhaps even as the creation of SOMETHING from NOTHING. In religious terms what we are talking about here is the act of creation ex nihilo – God said ‘let there light’ and there was light.
In truth however, logic doesn’t allow anything. And it doesn’t create anything. What it approves of and allows is nothing at all – a shadow in place of the light. Moreover, this shadow that the absolute filter which is the system of logic is actually nothing other than the system itself. The system allows itself!
So what exactly are we talking about here? What is this absolute filter, this system of logic, this occluding principle that implicitly represents itself as being a ‘bringer of light’ or ‘creator of worlds’? What is it and how does it come into the picture?
A better question would be how does it NOT come into the picture? And the simplest answer would be to say ‘NEVER’ – the system never ceases to come into the picture because it IS the picture! It’s the false picture, the picture that isn’t, but it is all we can ever know about. It’s the megaphone voice that drowns out everything else but itself.
And as to what exactly it is that we are talking about here – the answer is again simple. This occluding principle, this ‘non-allower’, this uncompromising barrier against reality is the everyday or rational mind.
It is what we hold closest to ourselves and make sure never to let go of, even for an moment. It is what we cherish dearly as if it were our best friend. We look to it for all of our answers.
But the system of logic is no friend of ours – it just lets on that it is. It makes out that it is. It lets on that it is doing us a huge favour and – out of fear and ignorance, and out of a perverse loyalty to our oppressor – we believe it.
Art: Zabou: ‘Fuck The System – Family Edition’ // Made with: Stencil, Paint, Spray paint // Encants Vells, Barcelona, Spain, 2014