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Monday, August 13, 2012

Žižek's Buddhist-like comments about the optimism of Lars Von Trier's Melancholia

Žižek's criticism of 'Western Buddhism' should be well known by now (Google it if you haven't encountered it). I've mentioned before that it is not entirely invalid even if his understanding of Buddhist ideals are grossly inaccurate because it does point to the need to interrogate the hegemonic imperatives of economic neoliberalism which are circumscribing the future development of an emergent 'Western Buddhism'.

Anyway, I just stumbled upon the following video where he talks about the optimism of Lars Von Trier's Melancholia. The idea that a full acceptance of the finitude of our condition is a hopeful gesture—it's an attitude that is quite Buddhist-like don't you think? Perhaps Žižek is more 'Buddhist' than he cares to admit. :)