... much of Mark’s work amounted to the expression of a single message: there is no private cure for your problems. That unease you feel, whether it’s just a lingering anxiety or a deep full-blown depression, is not something that can be cured by way of individualised therapies or just pursuing a successful career. It can only be addressed by knowing it for what it is and by building relationships around it and despite it which are more potent than the forces which produce it. It can only be treated in struggle. I suppose I would say this - the critique of individualism has always been my overriding philosophical obsession - but it was an absolutely central feature of Mark’s thinking. You are not an individual (and this is the putative title of yet another book that I promised Mark I would one day write). You are never alone. Even when you think you are, you aren’t - and social relations will define your ‘interior’ life just as much as any aspect of your being. Connect, engage, relate, create, not because these are nice things that humans and other nice creatures do, but because they are what life is, what becoming is, and they are what Capital does not want you to do.
Jeremy Gilbert, remembering Mark Fisher