The Metaphysics (or Phantasma) of Desire
Since the 21st century might be Deleuzian “we” (in the sense that “I” is a multiplicity of many “Is” = “we”) would do well to submerge ourselves in the fluid production of desire.
Desire is not a relation between terms – the desire of the subject and the absent object which the former lacks. Desire is creation. All life is desire, a flux and flow of positive difference and becoming, a full series of productive connections…Desire is more and other than human life …Desires are not images we have of what we lack; desires are positive events – including all the perceptions and sensible encounters of all bodies. Once we free desire from representation, once we see desire as the act of the body itself and not the representation or wishful hallucination of an act, then we can also free desire from the human. Humans, as speaking beings, are no longer the sites for desire.
Desire is creative evolutionism, the construction of assemblages, the chaotic flows of production. And it is important to de-personalize and de-sexualize it. Sexuality is one flow that enters into conjunction with others in an assemblage. It is not a privileged infrastructure within desiring assemblages, not an energy able to be transformed or sublimated into other forms.
Desire is not a process whose goal is dissolution in pleasure. It is the construction of a plane of immanence in which desire is continuous in a process in which everything is permissible and possible.
In that Deleuzian sense, it seems “we” cannot put any distance to it, as you wish Yusef. Nor can we “make” desire. Not even surrender is possible, much less resistance. “We” are desire – in the most universal, affirmative life-enhancing meaning of the concept. It is a warm world.