Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Is signifier so mighty as to determinate the subject's destiny? In a certain way, psychoanalysts think so. However, the affair is not so simple. Between de unconscious determinism and the subjet, there is the dark and still undeniable mechanism of the subjectiv choice. In the end, what is destiny for psychoanalysis? The following story may help us to revisit this problem. Good Luck Mr. Gorsky True story: When Apollo mission astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his famous “ one step for man, one giant leap for mankind ” statement but followed it by several remarks, usual com traffic between him, the other astronauts and mission control. Just before he re-entered the lander, however, he made the enigmatic remark “ Good luck Mr. Gorsky ”. Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival soviet cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the russian or american space programs. Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the “ good luck Mr. Gorsky ” statement meant but Armstrong always just smiled. On july 5, 1995 (in Tampa Bay Fl.) while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26 year old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mr. Gorsky had finally died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question. When he was a kid, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit a fly ball which landed in the front of his neighbor's bedroom windows. His neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky, “Oral sex! You want oral sex?! You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!”. True story!
Text by Gustavo Dessal