The Danger [53–54]

the state of the unguardedness of the thing. The innermost essence of positioning, as which positionality essences, is pursuit as here characterized.

In Old High German, to pursue is called fara. The positioning gathered in itself as pursuit is the danger [die Gefahr]. The basic trait of the essence of danger is pursuit. Insofar as being as positionality pursues itself with the forgetting of its essence, beyng as beyng is the danger of its own essence. Thought from the essence of positionality and in regard to the refusal of world and the unguarding of the thing, beyng is the danger.14 Beyng is unqualifiedly in itself, from itself, for itself, the danger. As this pursuit, which pursues its own essence with the forgetting of this essence, beyng as beyng is the danger. This essential danger is the way that what is same—world and positionality as the respective differentiation of what essences of beyng—displaces itself from itself in setting after itself. The thought that beyng in itself would essence as the danger of itself still remains strange for us and, because strange, all too easily misconstrued. For we only think what has been said in an essentially correct manner when we consider this: Beyng, thought from the essence of the pursuing positionality, is in no way equipped with the character of being dangerous, but rather the reverse: Beyng, as it has hitherto unfolded itself in metaphysics from the idea up to now and in accordance with its hitherto concealed essence, belongs to the danger that now reigns over beyng.

The danger is the collected pursuit as which positionality pursues the self-refusal of world with the forgetting of its truth through the unguarding of the thing.

The essence of technology is positionality. The essence of positionality is the danger. Beyng is, in its essence, the danger of itself. Only because it is the danger so construed is the danger in itself at the same time something dangerous for the human thinking of being. The zone of this dangerousness of the danger, which thinking must traverse in order to experience the essence of beyng, is that which earlier in another place was named errancy, with the provision that the error would not be a failure of knowledge, but rather would belong to the essence of truth in the sense of the unconcealment of

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