Introduction: Between Apocalypse and Utopia
Apocalypse means the end of ends, i.e., the difficulty of writing during a time of the "already said."
Utopian means a universality without its symptom, i.e., without the point of exception that functions as its internal negation.
The whole secret lies in arbitrariness. People usually think it easy to be arbitrary, but it requires much study to succeed in being arbitrary so as not to lose oneself in it, but so as to derive satisfaction from it. One does not enjoy the immediate but something quite different which he arbitrarily imports into it. You go to see the middle of the play, you read the part of a book. By this means you insure yourself a very different kind of enjoyment from that which the author has been so kind as to plan for you. ( Kierkegaard, 1944: 295)