Now, in this body, distended out of all proportion, the soul remains what it was, too small to fill it, too weak to guide it. Hence the gap between the two. Hence the tremendous social, political and international problems which are just so many definitions of this gap, and which provoke so many chaotic and ineffectual efforts to fill it. What we need are new reserves of potential energy—moral energy this time. So let us not merely say, as we did above, that the mystical summons up the mechanical. We must add that the body, now larger, calls for a bigger soul, and that mechanism should mean mysticism. The origins of the process of mechanization are indeed more mystical than we might imagine. Machinery will find its true vocation again, it will render services in proportion to its power, only if mankind, which it has bowed still lower to the earth, can succeed, through it, in standing erect and looking heavenwards.

Henri Bergson 1932 The Two Sources of Morality and Religion


This area of structural equivalence will thus have the fundamental function of concealing or abolishing the entry of any particular object represented either on the screen of the human subject by unconscious desire, or on the more general screen of unconscious signifying chains by the change effected by the closed system of machines.

Félix Guattari 1971 “Machine and Structure”


“In short, the objet a is den processed through the One.”
(Slavoj Zizek, Absolute Recoil)

In short, Output is Input processed through the Machine.

In short, West is East processed through the Civilization.

In short, Terrorism is Wretchedness processed through the Weapon.

In short, You is Me processed through the Speech.

In short, I am You processed through the … Organization?