I’m sure this point must have been made before, but what Nietzsche says about neuroticism springing from an inability to forget really applies quite well the contemporary cancel culture
The neurotic policing of speech we see today is enabled by a social media apparatus that puts everything on permanent record
That controversial tweet you made 8 years ago is gonna get dug up and used against you
Hell, that thing you wrote 40 years ago too
For Nietzsche, a psyche that cannot forget, in which everything stays just beneath the surface ready to bubble up, is a neurotic psyche
Thus a society that cannot forget, in which every statement and action floats around waiting to get re-appropriated by hostile political forces, is a neurotic society
Since it’s unlikely we will reclaim the ability to forget and forgive, the only scenario I can see playing out is a complete disintegration of the discursive space
People of differing premises will simply be unable to interact at all anymore
What’s the trauma? If Freud is right that this unforgetting stems from a trauma, what was the trauma in this case?

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