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the preservation of the self grounds the absorption of the living being, and in this absorption all stimulation and stimulatability are carried out, and so are the various levels of darkening and of its development.

The darkening and the essence of instinct. The preservation of the self and the priority of the "species"; this does not know any "individual" as egotistical.

The darkening and worldlessness. (Earlier as world-poor! Liable to be misunderstood. The stone not even worldless, because even without darkening.)

Rigidifying and reversion of life out of the initial opening. Accordingly, also no seclusion, unless the living being is included—"earth" (stone, plant, animal). Stone and river not without plant, animal. How does the decision regarding "life" stand and fall? Meditation on "the biological."



155. Nature and earth


Nature, separated out from beings by the natural sciences—what happens to it through technology? What happens is the destruction of "nature," a destruction that is ever increasing or, rather, is simply rolling on to its end. What was nature once? It was the site of the moment of the advent and sojourning of the gods; and that was when nature, still φύσις, rested in the essential occurrence of beyng itself.

Subsequently, nature soon became a being and then even the counterpart of "grace" and, after this degradation, was completely set out in the compulsion of calculative machination and economics.

Ultimately what remained were "scenic views" and recreational opportunities, and now even these have been calculated to gigantic proportions and prepared for the masses. And then? Is that the end?

Why is the earth silent at this destruction? Because the earth is not allowed the strife with a world, not allowed the truth of beyng. Why not? Is it because that gigantic thing, the human being, becomes all the smaller the more gigantically grown?

Does nature have to be renounced and abandoned to machination? Can we yet seek the earth anew? Who will kindle that strife in which the earth finds its open realm, secludes itself, and is genuinely the earth?



156. The fissure


cannot be known in its structure unless we experience the abyss (cf. truth) as belonging to the event.


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