What I Mean by Antagonism

Antagonism is the intentional, negative focus upon the particular radically other that is consciously designed and projected as that which is (consciously, but, perhaps, not subconsciously) undesirable. Antagonism carries the innuendo of resistance, and, insofar as action is consciously directed in a way consistent with the intent of antagonism, that which may be called resistance does, prima facie, take place.

The Human Condition as Prophetic Fulfillment.

The enframing of the human experience (if we can draw an analogy between techne as an extra-cogitans appropriating event, and an understanding of intent as consciousness as a vector; manipulable in the sense of being a kind of techne via the leverage of metapsychological awareness) is that of an ongoing self-fulfilling prophesy. That which the human being directs his attention to, in terms of emotional content and the essence of his direct relationships, whether positively or negatively, becomes the reality which he establishes for himself.

The Distinction Between Designed and Subconscious Intent

Intent need not be, and, in fact, rarely is overtly conscious. Here, intent is understood in the phenomenological sense – in the sense that it indicates merely that the mind is directed toward an object. As such, intent is usually prior to consciousness. Only through focus – the self-aware conscious choice vis a vis intent – can intent ever be conscious; mostly it occurs without us even becoming aware of it. Intent is always a means of participation in the dasein – and usually we are appropriated to it; we do not, ourselves, consciously direct it in most cases.

Antagonism as Intent

That which we intend, comes into being in our experience of the dasein via the emotional content and direct relationships we establish with it, as we clear being in such a way as to draw out the radically other in a way determined by the projection which is established by our intent. In this way, that which we determine within ourselves to resist becomes a part of our experience – and since we are not distinct from our experience; since we are appropriated and drawn in by it, what we resist, in the end, becomes us.

The Conscious Manipulation of Antagonism for One’s Own Ends

If one is aware of the condition of mankind – that intent, whether conscious or not, determines the trajectory of the enframing of our lives, and that antagonism is a powerful, highly focused form of intent, then one may choose to do battle with one’s goal and end up achieving it in a far more thorough and intimate way than one would if one merely chose to forgo resistance and allow one’s desire to come into one’s experience. The intensity of the focus that antagonism inspires can be a powerful tool in the hands of one who is truly a master of himself.

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