§62 [127-129]

And so, a third law fits in: the more lived experience is unconditionally prescriptive for correctness and truth (and thereby for "actuality" and constancy), all the more hopeless does it become that from here a knowledge of machination as such could be acquired

The more hopeless this unveiling, the more unquestioned are beings and the more decisive becomes the antipathy toward the questionworthiness of beyng.

Machination itself withdraws, and thus beyng itself withdraws, since machination is the essential occurrence of beyng.

Yet what if, out of all this (which is to every appearance merely adverse and deprivational), there arose a quite different insight into the essence of beyng and beyng itself unveiled itself as refusal or even brought itself to resonate?

If machination and lived experience are named together, that indicates an essential belonging of the two to each other but at the same moment conceals an equally essential non-simultaneity within the "time" of the history of beyng. Machination is the early—but for a long while to come, still concealed—distorted essence of the beingness of beings. Yet even when machination takes definite forms, as in modernity, and shows itself in the popular interpretation of beings, it is not recognized as such and certainly is not grasped. On the contrary, the expansion and entrenchment of its distorted essence are carried out in such a way that machination explicitly draws back behind that which seems to be its extreme opposite and yet which completely and utterly remains under its domination. And that is lived experience.

The belonging of the two to each other can be grasped only through a return to their most disparate non-simultaneity and through a dispelling of the semblance of their extreme oppositionality. If thoughtful meditation (as questioning of the truth of beyng and only as this) achieves knowledge of such belonging, then at the same time the basic thrust of the history of the first beginning (the history of Western metaphysics) is already grasped out of a knowledge of the other beginning. Machination and lived experience constitute as a formula the more original version of the one expressing the guiding question of Western thought: beingness (being) and thinking (as representational grasping).

62. The disguising of the abandonment by being through machination and "lived experience," a disguising which belongs to that abandonment itself

1. The belonging of machination and lived experience to each other.

2. Their common root.