Melancholia is the brutal disaffection that characterizes our saturated systems. Once the hope of balancing good and evil, true and false, indeed of confronting some values of the same order, once the more general hope of a relation of forces and a stake has vanished. Everywhere, always, the system is too strong: hegemonic.
Against this hegemony of the system, one can exalt the ruses of desire, practice revolutionary micrology of the quotidian, exalt the molecular drift or even defend cooking. This does not resolve the imperious necessity of checking the system in broad daylight.”
Jean Baudrillard, “On Nihilism”
Throwing it to Foucault and Deleuze.
The hysteric’s phallic narcissism most often takes the spectacular and unmodulated form of “putting on a show,” that is, of staging a performance in which his primary goal is to offer himself to the other’s gaze as the embodiment of the ideal object of desire. The hysteric must therefore identify with this object bodily as well as through speech. The essential thing is to appear as a brilliant object that will fascinate the other.
All the seductive enterprises that the hysteric undertakes are based on this phallic brilliance.”