The signifier reigns over every domestic squabble, and in every State apparatus.
We are asking people to discover themselves—a hard problem. Instead they will invent themselves—which is much easier.
"Your partner always poses a challenge to you, another way of seeing. It's like a constant irritant." (Orna)
The key component of Thingness is knowing that everyone knows that everyone knows it's a Thing (aka Common Knowledge).
"Back in New York, lifting had been about war. Here [in L.A.] it was about networking."
To hold someone responsible is to regard her as a person - that is to say, as a free and equal person, capable of acting both rationally and morally. It is therefore to regard her as someone with whom you can enter the kind of relation that is possible only among free and equal rational people: a relation of reciprocity.