The two futures

There are two French words that describe the future:

Futur - the continuation of the present, the full actualisation of tendencies already in existence.

Avenir - points towards a more radical break, a discontinuity with the present.

One description potentially encourages apathy and resignation, a facilitator of restricted imagination. The other - a call, as Zizek describes it, “to risk giving birth to some radical Otherness … to break the hold of the future and thereby open up a space for something New to come”.

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