Statement 365/365

31st December 2015 Quotation ( Futur. L'avenir. )


“In general, I try to distinguish between ‘Futur’ and ‘l’avenir’.

The future is that which – tomorrow, later, next century – will be. There’s a future that is predictable, programmed, scheduled, foreseeable.

But there is a future, l’avenir (to come) which refers to someone who comes, whose arrival is totally unexpected.

For me, that is the real future. That which is totally unpredictable. The Other who comes without my being able to anticipate their arrival.

So if there is a real future beyond this other known future, it’s l’avenir in that it’s the coming of the Other when I am completely unable to foresee their arrival.”

— Jacques Derrida, on the unpredictable, transformative future.