To Erase Nothing, but to Find One's Way in Lacan's Meanders
Towards the end of the 1800s, Sigmund Freud in a letter to Fliess asked himself what is in infancy.3 Every time I use that phrase, I always say, Freud responds to himself: there was nothing. Just a “seed of sexual motion” prior to any symptom and any fantasy. And I always add, “waiting to be connected.” And it so happened that Freud did not say that. I added that. Because I understand it to be as such, that it is there, as if waiting, prior to the symptom and prior to the fantasm. The neurosis thus comes to connect “afterwards.” And that is what analysis allows clearing up, that singular lalangue, made of phonemes that had reverberated in the body. And once it is cleared, at the end of the course, it can return to connect itself, inventing a new mode.