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    Enough of humble arguments; recall,/ My song! those high emotions which thy voice/ Has heretofore made known; that bursting forth/ Of sympathy, inspiring and inspired,/ When everywhere a vital pulse was felt,/ And all the several frames of things, like stars,/ Through every magnitude distinguishable,/ Shone mutually indebted, or half lost/ Each in the other's blaze, a galaxy/ Of life and glory. In the midst stood Man,/ Outwardly, inwardly contemplated,/ As, of all visible natures, crown, though born/ Of dust, and kindred to the worm; a Being,/ Both in perception and discernment, first/ In every capability of rapture, Through the divine effect of power and love;/ As, more than anything we know, instinct/ With godhead, and, by reason and by will,/ Acknowledging dependency sublime.

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January 12, 2007


You show a surprising (although unfortunately too common) tendency to either not understand what you read, or to have only read commentators on things rather than going to the sources themselves. Over and over again Heidegger makes clear in Being and Time that authenticity is a temporary modification of inauthenticity, human beings' natural state. In inauthenticity, then, a human being is concerned with things within-the-world, not in an authentic individualized way, but in a common, average way. This is not a problem to be done away with by a better way of living, or a leap of faith, or any other means at our disposal, it is simply the way things are. We can experience the world individually, authentically, for short periods of time, when something makes us come back to ourselves, or "find ourselves" in popular parlance, from out of our lostness in the world - where else could we be lost? Heidegger makes no claim that there is anything outside or beyond the world, his philosophy, such as it is, is entirely secular. That it provides for xtianity, islam, wicca, scientism, etc. as possibilities for human beings would seem to me an advantage over philosophies that do not, because xtians, muslims, wiccans, scientismists etc. do in point of fact exist in the world.

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