A Multilateral Perspective
PART II HOSTING OR OUSTING THE OTHER
PART II HOSTIG OR OUSTIG THE OTHER 107 4 HOW CAN WE MEET THE OTHER? Luce Irigaray The other. Have you already encountered the other? If so, what does this other look like? Godot? A barbarian? God? The snark? Perhaps a terrorist? Or a poor person dying of hunger in a country very far from mine? How can we recognise the other? People talk a great deal about the other today. But do they have any idea of what or who the other is? What is the content of the word when you say: the other? What place might this other have for you? A space of waiting for other things or other people? A space of fear about what could happen to you? Of hope or anxiety that you feel about something which could occur or someone who could arrive, altering your habits? Of need or refusing to take something or someone into your care, of investing in some way feelings that for the moment are lacking an object? Perhaps this other could be someone who is able to gather us together, or an occasion for meeting or reuniting thanks to a common hatred for the enemy or a common pity for the poor creature whom we have to integrate into our economically and culturally more advanced country? Might not the other, about which or about whom people so often speak in our time, correspond to a need for our survival? A necessary object for our invest- ments? An...
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