The French philosopher Alain Badiou speaks about the fidelity to an event. An event, according to him, is a truth the breaks with and is distinct from an old way of thinking and existing. Think of Galileo's discovery of the moons of Jupiter and the implication of that discovery—the earth is not the center of the universe. After an event, there is no going back.

I like to think of an event in less dramatic terms. For me it is simply a truth, and it can break from or be continuous with the past or an old custom. Such a simple truth is that a human life must never be reduced to a bare life. A human life must always be politicized, even without official/state representation. Politics precedes the state. The Nazis reduced humans to a bare life. The dead black teen in Ferguson was also reduced to a bare life, as are thousands of others in the United States. Fidelity to the event is the rejection of this illusion of life wherever it appears in the world...