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Not only is it denied in principle that anything could be concealed; more decisively, self-concealment as such is in no way admitted as a determining power.

In the era that is completely unquestioning, however, "problems" will indeed accumulate and will follow one upon the other. Those kinds of "questions" will accumulate which are not questions at all, since their answer can be nothing binding, inasmuch as the answer immediately becomes a new problem. Precisely this claims in advance: there is no problem that is not solvable, and the solution is merely a matter of number applied to time, space, and force.

6. Now, however, since beings have been abandoned by beyng, there arises an occasion for the most trite "sentimentality." Now for the first time everything is a matter of "lived experience," and all undertakings and affairs drip with "lived experiences." And this concern with "lived experience" proves that now even humans themselves, as beings, have incurred the loss of their beyng and have fallen prey to their hunt for lived experiences.


59. Bewitchery and the era of complete unquestionableness


We are used to calling the era of "civilization" the one that has dispelled all bewitchery, and this dispelling seems more probably-indeed uniquely—connected to complete unquestionableness. Yet it is just the reverse. We merely need to know where the bewitchery comes from, namely, from the unbridled dominance of machination. When machination attains ultimate dominance, when it pervades everything, then there are no more circumstances whereby the bewitchery can be sensed explicitly and resisted. The hex cast by technology and by its constantly self-surpassing progress is only one sign of this bewitchery that directs everything toward calculation, utility, breeding, manageability, and regulation. Even "taste" now becomes subject to this regulating and is entirely a matter of being "high class." The average becomes better and better, and thanks to this betterment the average secures its dominance ever more irresistibly and unobtrusively.

It would of course be illusory to conclude that the higher the average, the more surpassing becomes the height of above-average accomplishments. Such a conclusion is itself a revealing sign of how calculation permeates this attitude. The question is whether any space at all is still needed for the above-average, or whether satisfaction with averageness does not become ever more reassuring and justified, even to the point of persuading itself that it has already accomplished—and