“Doing a Zizek” on The Invention of Lying

I often find it fun to spontaneously mimic or “do a Zizek,” and I found myself doing just that after watching The Invention of Lying—which seems to be a film almost made for the purpose of undergoing Lacanian analysis. So I thought I would jokingly—despite my lack of any credible encounter or study of Lacanian psychoanalysis (at least beyond Zizek and his Lacan)—impersonate what Zizek might just say. Here we go,

“One is led to think that ‘the truth’ everyone in this world insists on telling is the Real, is the unbearable and disgusting kernel of reality that cannot be faced. This, in turn, solicits the emergence of the Symbolic, through the character Mark (Gervais). However, the truth, I claim, is the exact opposite!

The Symbolic is ‘the truth’ people insist on telling as justification for the vulgarity of their calculation of life and repression of their desires. The Real is the capacity to lie and all it entails! The Real is the full malleability of existence—the without why—that peeks through the singular figure of Mark; he is objet petit a. Is this not evidenced in the fact that only he can lie and seems to be possessed with a bizarre, out of place charisma? He is an excess, an intrusion of the Real that initially stuns those who hear him, before all that occurs is pacified and assimilated into the Symbolic, into ‘the truth.'”

Really, all I wanted to do was structure the above in such a way so I could proclaim, “The truth, I claim, is the exact opposite!” Which I did; so, all in all, I consider this a win!

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