The One

From the moment there is the One, there is murder, laceration, traumatism. The One guards itself against the other. It protects itself from the other, but in the movement of this jealous violence it bears within itself, and thus preserves within itself, alterity or difference from the self (the difference of the with-itself) that constitutes the One. "The One deferring/difference itself." The One as the Other. At once, within the same time, but a time out of joint, the One forgets to recall itself to itself, preserves and effaces the archive of this injustice that it is. It forgets the violence that it perpetrates. The One does violence to itself. It violates itself, works violence upon itself, but it also institutes itself in such violence. It becomes what it is, violence itself—which is what it does. Auto-determination as violence.
~Jacques Derrida in Archive Fever