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The battle against destruction and uprooting is only the first step in the preparation, namely, the step into the nearness of the proper space of the decision.


47. The essence of the decision: being or nonbeing20


can be determined only out of the essential occurrence of decision itself. Decision is decision between an either and an or. Thereby, however, what is proper to decision is indeed already forestalled. Whence the either-or? Whence the only this or only that? Whence the unavoidability of this way or else that way? Is there not still a third, indifference? Nevertheless, here at the extremity, that is not possible.

What is here the extreme: being or nonbeing, and specifically not the being of some beings or other, such as human beings, but the essential occurrence of being, or?

Why does it come to an either—or here?

Indifference would merely be the being of non beings, merely a higher nothingness.

For "being" does not here mean objective presence in itself, and nonbeing does not here mean complete disappearance. Instead, nonbeing as a mode of being: it is [Seiend] and yet is not. And likewise being: permeated with the "not" and yet it is [Seiend].

To take this back into the essential occurrence of being requires insight into the belonging of nothingness to being, and only in that way does the either-or receive its sharpness and its origin.

Since beyng is permeated with the "not," for the perseverance of its truth it needs the persistence of the not and thus also nonbeings, the counterpart of everything negative.

The essential negativity of being (turning) entails that being requires and needs that which shows itself in terms of Da-sein as an either-or, the one or the other, and only these.

The essential occurrence of the decision is the leap into the decision or else is indifference; thus not withdrawal and not destruction.

Indifference as non-deciding.

The decision is originally about whether there is decision or non-decision.

Yet decision is bringing oneself before the either-or and thereby is already decidedness, because here already there is belonging to the event.

The decision about decision (turning). Not reflexivity, but its opposite: decision about the decision, i.e., already knowing the event.



20. Cf. The leap, 146. Beyng and non-beyng.


Contributions to Philosophy (of the Event) (GA 65) by Martin Heidegger