There is a Lacan quote - I should find it.  I will.  It might be the beginning of the Rome Discourse or maybe The Freudian Thing - one of the Ecrits.   Man cannot bear his own truth.  To bear one's own power - to stare it in the eyes: this we cannot do.   As human beings and as a species,  we simply avoid it.  The limits of reason turn out to be libidinal before they are logical.  We cannot bear our power, so we find distractions.  A whole array of consumer goods, affects and habits owes its existence to this basic fact: the fact of the Armistice