wealth work desire
January 31, 2010, 7:44 pm
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The greatest of these is love.  I believe this more and more.  Erotic desire, poetry and ecstasy are pursuits worthy of our time and our lives.  Work and wealth are merely means to the proper, higher aim of love.  So says George Bataille in this quotation —

It is banal to devote oneself to an end when that end is clearly only a means.  The quest for wealth – sometimes the wealth of egoistic individuals, sometimes wealth held in common – is obviously only a means.  Work is only a means.

The response to erotic desire – and to the perhaps more human (least physical) desire of poetry, and of ecstasy (but is it so decisively easy to grasp the difference between eroticism and poetry, and between eroticism and ecstasy?) – the response to erotic desire is, on the contrary, an end.

George Bataille, The Tears of Eros (trans. Peter Connor)