The baby is combat

Golden Fish

Combat, by contrast, is a powerful, nonorganic vitality that supplements force with force, and enriches whatever it takes hold of. A baby vividly displays this vitality, this obstinate, stubborn, and indomitable will to live that differs from all organic life. With a young child, one already has an organic, personal relationships, but not with a baby, who concentrates in its smallness the same energy that shatters paving stones (Lawrence’s baby tortoise). With a baby one has nothing but an affective, athletic, impersonal, vital relationship. The will to power certainly appears in an infinitely more exact manner in a baby than in a man of war. For the baby is combat, and the small is an irreducible locus of forces, the most revealing test of forces.

Essays critical and clinical By Gilles Deleuze

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