a case of metalogic as ethics
Everyone creative steals from what has entered the public sphere. We know this; it’s part of what creativity means. But when you have access to someone working at or close to the edge of the void of your situation, i.e. the place that representation does not reach, if you don’t honor the incompressible work, time, personal suffering, etc. that go into producing insights, and instead act as though your ability to recognize them as correct is equivalent to the ability to produce them, you don’t just act wrongly in a moral sense, you act as though P = NP.
“But that could be true!” Yes, but the proof that it’s true would change everything for everyone, not least by bringing to an end the era in which we could speak of creative work. But one who deploys this possible equation privately, as though it were a secret truth pertaining to him alone, functions as a friend of hierarchies of representation, even/especially if he intends only to serve himself.
The relation between this failure and the continual ideological work by which hierarchy justifies itself: The story that representation or the selecting power tells itself – that it is productive, creative, originating in a higher sense even of the labor that actually produces it. (Capitalists believe that they’re job-creators, etc.)
Perhaps this (acting as if P = NP) is a third way of describing two phenomena I’ve recently come to suspect to be identical: refusal to name an event and appropriation of surplus value.