Metaphysics of the Thread


Atropos

One chisel stroke, and the thread ends. The bobbin unwinds endlessly; but always, one day, there is a cut. The thread, however white it is, knows nothing of the cut to come.

The thread only knows that it is spinning, that it is following its thread. Cotton or chitin, it spins. For what? It does not know.

It spins, and as long as it spins, it is only thread.

What can a thread of wool or silk understand about a blade of steel ? Or to the soul of a knife? Or to the spirit of the razor?

Thread is thread. Infinitely thread. The length is on its side, he believes. What can an horizontal thread comprehend about a perpendicular blade?

Even a very long thread has an end. Comes the cut, the stroke. The end of the continuous, the condition of appearance.

Thought follows her thread; straight, sinuous, zigzagging, she follows this thread, or that other, she weaves her web. Does the blade think about the end? Made of various threads, how would she think what is not made of thread? Can the thread think about the thickness of the carpet, its surface, its pattern, or the cat that sleeps on it?

The thought following her thread is quite assured, from premises to inductions. She does not yet think about what is expecting her, maybe, what is beyond her, – the cut, or the knot.

The birth of the cut, at the end of the thread.

And the cut is also of a wire, of steel. Sharp wire, destined to cut, not to bind. Carrot, or carotid, the wire cuts. The blade cuts the soul’s core.

The Spinner, Clotho, weaves the thread of life. Lachesis unwinds it. Atropos cuts it. O fates cut short!

Métaphysique du fil


Un coup de ciseau, le fil s’arrête. Déroulée sans fin la bobine ; mais toujours, un jour, la coupe. Le fil, si blanc soit-il, ne sait rien de la coupe.

Le fil sait seulement qu’il file, qu’il suit son fil. De coton ou de chitine, il file. Où ? Il ne sait.

Il file, et tant qu’il file, il n’est que fil.

Qu’est-ce qu’un fil de laine ou de soie peut comprendre au fil de l’acier, au fil de la lame ? A l’âme du couteau ? A l’esprit du rasoir?

Le fil est fil. Infiniment fil. La longueur est de son côté, croit-il. Qu’est-ce que le fil horizontal peut comprendre à la lame perpendiculaire ?

Même un long fil a une fin. Vient la coupe, le coup. La fin du continu, la condition de l’apparition.

La pensée suit son fil ; droite, sinueuse, zigzagante, elle suit ce fil, ou cet autre, elle tisse sa toile. Pense-t-elle la fin, la lame ? Faite de fil, comment penserait-elle ce qui n’est pas fait de fil ? Le fil peut-il penser l’épaisseur du tapis, sa surface, son motif, ou le chat qui s’y coule?

La pensée suivant son fil va assurée, de prémisses en inductions. Elle ne pense pas ce qui la dépasse, la coupe, ou le noeud.

La naissance de la coupure, par la fin du fil.

Et la coupure est d’un fil aussi, d’acier. Fil acéré, voué à couper, non à lier. Carotte, ou carotide, le fil coupe. Le fil de la lame coupe le fil de l’âme.

La Fileuse, Clotho, tisse le fil de la vie. Lachésis le déroule. Atropos le coupe. Ô destins fauchés !