[Sartre] Re: The Supreme Being of Being
- At 3:58 pm +0000 11/4/03, decker150 wrote:
>The central core value of that universalIn other words, that which is resists change. But change occurs
>state is to remain there as opposed to being obliterated,
>anilihilated, destroyed. Of course; yes, there are moments with
>destruction is a means to betterment, and the universal contains
>transformations of a destructive end. However, in the end, Dasein
>prevails and something is-still-there, rather than nothing. Absolute
>Nothingness, now that would be for Dasein, undesireable.
>If anyone has something meaningful to say about Nothingness that
>does not result in self-annihilation; let me know.
continuously. It is the only constant. If I construct the fact of
'my' existence to be such-and-such a thing, is this construction
necessarily of that which resists change? Can I alternatively make
myself the same thing as Change itself? Assuming that this is
possible, is being the same thing as Change itself the same thing as
becoming identical with Power? If so, in doing this have I become
that-which-changes rather than that-which-is-changed?
It seems to me that Power, for the first time since 1945, has become
once again accepted as the chief force governing human affairs (I
quote: "It is not a question of authority, it is a question of will"
George W Bush, 18th March). This means that we as beings have a very
clear choice: we can become that which effects change (allied with
the USA) or that which is changed (opposed to the USA).
Of course this is only a human version of Power. Not even GWB can
counter the ageing process - or at least, his ability to do so is
limited by the limits of medical technology.
I tend to concur with Confucius, who said: the strongest thing is
grass because it bends with the wind. Of course, he was not being
We, as Dasein, have to accept that Absolute Nothingness, as you put
it, is, for ourselves, something which will happen. To the extent
that I am I will [at some point in the future] no longer be. "I"
experience change as that which changes even
that-which-experiences-change. The biggest change that I will
experience is my loss of Self. To the extent that I have prepared
myself for this I have already lost it. You can call this
self-annihilation if you like. I call it honesty.
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