The Event of Thought

Thinking [..] is not something that we can define once and for all; it is a power of becoming and its becoming can be transformed by what is not thinking’s own – the outside or the unthought. Thinking is not something ‘we’ do; thinking happens to us, from without. There is a necessity to thinking, for the event of thought lies beyond the autonomy of choice. Thinking happens. At the same time, this necessity is also the affirmation of chance and freedom; we are not constrained by an order or pre-given end. True freedom lies in affirming the chance of events, not being deluded that we are ‘masters’ or that the world is nothing more than the limited perceptions we have of it. Freedom demands taking thinking, constantly, beyond itself.

Claire Colebrook
Gilles Deleuze