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For me. The argument is not essentially different for you. I write in your absence, because you are far away, and I must know at the moment I write that you could be dead before my text reaches you. I write "you" to re-mark the fact (already marked in the mark) that my text presupposes an addressee. But the . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . faithful, discords with itself, threatens itself from two appar ently contradictory imminences, that of the writer who is afraid of dying before the end of a long sentence, period, without signing the counterexample, and that of the son who, dreading seeing her die before the end of the avowal, for this confession promised unto death, trembles then too at the thought of de parting before his mother, this figure of absolute survival he's talked so much about, but also the one who literally could not weep for him, it would be an excess of suffering for one who has already lost two sons, one before me, Paul MOIse, who died in 1929 when less than one year old, one year before my birth, which must have made me for her, for them, a precious but so 51 fact that it functions does not depend on the empirical existence of this or that addressee in particular, not even you.
And even if I am prudent or modest enough to write nothing compromising, writing is essentially fal sifiable: if one is not a priori certain of reaching the right addressee, neither is the addressee a priori certain of the identity of sender or signatory. 44 ........................................................................................................................... the opposite of losing, whether one understand winning in the sense of a game, winning at poker, or in the sense of a voyage, of arriving, winning the bank, or in the sense of toil, of earning, winning one's life, the horrible expression that I win, that's what they will never have understood, I like neither the word nor the thing, whence the indefinite referral, so-called negative theol ogy, the play with the names of God, the substitution of one bank for the other, the hemophiliac panic which interrupts itself on the order come from on high and opposite at once, the rhythmic injunction to which I give in without having to be asked.
Moment ago by the name of name and that I would be trying, against him, that would be my rule here, my law for the dura tion of these few pages, to reinscribe, reinvent, obliging the other, and first of all G. , to recognize it, to pronounce it, no more than that, to call me finally beyond the owner's tour he has just done, forgetting me on the pretext of understanding me, and it is as if I were trying to oblige him to recognize me and come out of this amnesia of me which resembles my mother while I say to myself when I read this matrix there's the survi vress signing in my place and ifit is right, and it is, faultless, not only will I no longer sign but I will never have signed, is this not basically what I have always meant to say, and given that, for something to happen and for me finally to sign something for 33 fied is only a signifier placed in a certain position by other signifiers : there is no signified or meaning, but only "effects" of them (POS, 66-7) .
Jacques Derrida (Religion and Postmodernism Series) by Geoffrey Bennington, Jacques Derrida