LOVE AND INTERACTION

“Love,” states Lacan, “is giving something you don’t have.” Exploring the relationship between interaction and exchange, George Simmel writes: “It might seem the two concepts are dissimilar in that interaction one gives something one does not have whereas in exchange one gives only what one does have, but the distinction does not really hold. What one expends in interaction can only be one’s own energy, the transmission of one’s own substance. Conversely, exchange takes place not for the sake of an object previously possessed by another person, but rather for the sake of one’s own feelings about an object, a feeling which the other previously did not possess.

[George Simmel, “Exchange” in Individuality and Social Forms, p.44]

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