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Somewhere in the course of the eighties of the twentieth century history took a turn in another direction Once it passed its apogee in time once it reached the peak of the curve in its evolution its solstice of history a sliding back of events set in an unfolding of inverted meaning As in the case of cosmic space historical space-time would also have a curvature By way of the same chaotic effect in time as in space things go faster and faster as they approach their culmination just like the flow of water speeds up mysteriously as it approaches the waterfall In the Euclidean space of history the fastest route from one point to another is a straight line the one of Progress and Democracy This however only pertains to the linear space of the Enlightenment In our non-Euclidean space of the end of the century a malevolent curvature invincibly reroutes all trajectories The phenomenon is doubtlessly linked to the sphericity of time visible on the horizon of the end of the century just like the earth is visible on the horizon at the end of the day or to the subtle distortion of the field of gravity Segalen says that on an Earth become a sphere every movement distancing us from a point also brings us closer to that same point This is true with respect to time as well Every noticeable movement of history brings us imperceptibly closer to its antipode indeed to its point of departure This is the end of linearity Viewed from this perspective the future no longer exists And if there is no future neither is there an end anymore And yet this is not what is meant by the end of history What we have to deal with is a paradoxical process of reversion a reversal of effect with respect to modernity which having reached its speculative limit and extrapolated all its virtual developments disintegrates into its
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