The Last Night: Anti-Work, Atheism, Adventure

The Last Night: Anti-Work, Atheism, Adventure

Federico Campagna

Language: English

Pages: 106

ISBN: 1782791957

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Our secular society seems to have finally found its new God: Work. As technological progress makes human labor superfluous, and over-production destroys both the economy and the planet, Work remains stronger than ever as a mantra of universal submission. This book develops a fully-fledged theory of radical atheism, advocating a disrespectful, opportunist squandering of obedience. By replacing hope and faith with adventure, The Last Night of our lives might finally become the first morning of an autonomous future.

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Vipero The Snake Man (Beast Quest, Book 10)

Area 7 (Shane Schofield, Book 2)

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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

The Once and Future King





















resource, one’s gaze is mirrored back, ‘looking back towards’ the founding religious promise which one has bought into. This act of looking backwards is the very gesture through which one loads one’s actions and possessions with the hopes and hidden meanings typical of the religious promise. Respect is the inner smith that constantly forges one’s own religious chains. By adopting the method of squandering, Sicilian aristocrats chose not to ‘look back at’ the promises of their order. In fact, they

to abandon the poisonous environment of religious submission, if all I had to offer as an alternative was the desert of a vague freedom, of a ‘fullness of life’, which I couldn’t even explain? At the same time I was aware of the fact that, if I had fallen into the temptation of creating yet another abstraction, I would have simply replicated the very enemy against which I was willing to fight. I needed to find an alternative that was flexible, malleable and docile enough, so not to replicate the

progression of past, present and future had ceased to act as the herdsman of human populations, no longer pushing them towards the epic massacres that always accompany idealistic delusions. Historical time seemed to have vanished, clearing the sky above everyday life. And together with the end of History, the bundle of promises of Progress had also finally run out of string. In front of Westerners, the future opened like an unmapped oceanic expanse, emerging through the cracks of the earth. No

lives, become no different from other idols and lead to the same sort of religious devotion and self-sacrifice. Stirner referred to this as a ‘one-sided, unopened, narrow egoism’. Campagna seeks to avoid the same trap, and the notion of adventure, rather than narrow, enclosed and self-seeking, is an opening out of the self onto the world. Squandering is neither the realisation of some underlying essence, nor the securing of an identity; it is the deterritorialising of all fixed identities and the

immortality appeared. Something consciously created by humans suddenly rose above their heads and began a life of its own: a life that could potentially transcend and survive that of its creators. First debts, then laws, then History itself: the flesh became word, and its abstract, immortal form fell again over the living, crushing them, binding them hand and foot. This man-made space of immortality – which we could define as a space of ‘normative abstraction’ – wrapped itself around human lives

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