Of problems, solutions, and filing cabinets

We are wrong to believe that the true and the false can only be brought to bear on solutions, that they only begin with solutions. This prejudice is social, for society, and the language that transmits its order-words, ‘set up’ ready-made problems, as if they were drawn out of ‘the city’s administrative filing cabinets,’ and force us to ‘solve’ them, leaving only a thin margin of freedom. Moreover, this prejudice goes back to childhood, to the classroom: It is the school teacher who ‘poses’ the problems; the pupil’s task is to discover the solutions. In this way we are kept in a kind of slavery. True freedom lies in a power to decide, to constitute problems themselves. — Deleuze, Bergsonism


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