(Hat-tips to Andreas Popp and Tao Jonesing)
All languages have their treasures. One of German's most topical treasures is the word Enttäuschung (ent-toy-shoong), which roughly means disappointment. But Enttäuschung really means to be disavowed of a deception, to wake up. Ent is a prefix that suggests removal, Täuschung is deception. As I have come to understand The System, it is in part a web of deceptions, a fabric of lies. Seeing it for what it is, ‘waking up’, will be accompanied by disappointment. But this is a good thing the English word does not imply.
Through disappointment, through Enttäuschung, we travel through a disorienting period of isolation. Collectively, if we share and discuss our experiences of disorientation, we will also create the spaces and initial structures that can tend us towards new, more humane communities and communities of communities, and this as a process of continual renewal. To be most robust and fair, I suggest these communities should be founded on knowingly interdependent yet simultaneously autarkic ‘individuals’ who want, establish and sustain authentic and transparent institutions.
If we want to discuss The System openly in a free and non-privatised internet, if we want people to be engaged and interested in that discussion, this will require and be a mass Enttäuschung we travel through. Fruitful Enttäuschung will require that we are lastingly resistant to and aware of the purpose behind all bread-and-circus distractions, all divide-and-conquer tactics, and will further require that we know and wield our power wisely. Hence, we will need to learn how to discuss intelligently, patiently and honestly, with an awareness that we always become emotionally involved in the process. Which is exactly what makes Enttäuschung so disappointing and, potentially, so fruitful.