V. The Grounding [330-331]

Yet the essential occurrence of the original truth can be experienced only if this cleared "amidst," which grounds itself and determines time-space, is reached in a leap as that from which and for which it is the clearing, namely, for self-concealing. Self-concealing, however, is the basic teaching of the first beginning and of its history (metaphysics as such). Self-concealing is an essential character of beyng and is so indeed precisely insofar as beyng needs truth and thus ap-propriates Da-sein and in that way is in itself and originally the event.

Now the essence of truth is originally transformed into Da-sein, and now it makes no sense at all to ask whether and how "thinking" (which inceptually and in its lineage pertains only to ἀλήθεια and ὁμοίωσις could carry out and take over "unconcealedness." For, in its possibility, thinking itself is now entirely entrusted to the cleared "amidst."

The reason is that the essential occurrence of the "there" (the essential occurrence of the clearing for self-concealing) can be determined only out of itself, and Da-sein can reach grounding only out of the clearing relation of the "there" to the self-concealing as beyng.

For reasons that will subsequently become evident, no "faculty" of the human being as previously understood (animal rationale) is then sufficient. Da-sein grounds itself and essentially occurs in an attuned, creative undergoing and thus itself first becomes the ground and that which grounds the human being. And the human being is now newly confronted with the question of the who, a question which interrogates the human being more originarily as steward of the stillness for the passing by of the last god.

208. Truth

How could truth be for us that last remnant of the extreme deterioration of the Platonic ἀλήθεια (ἰδέα), the validity of correct findings in themselves as an ideal, i.e., the greatest of all indifferences and weaknesses?

Truth, as the event of what is true, is the abyssal fissure in which beings are divided and must stand in the strife.

Truth for us is also not what is firmly established, that suspicious offspring of validities in themselves. Nor is it the mere opposite, the crude and constant flux of all opinions. Truth is the abyssal center which trembles in the passing by of the god and thus is the withstood ground for the grounding of creative Da-sein.

Truth is the great disdainer of all that is "true," for the latter immediately forgets truth, the sure kindling of the simplicity of the unique as what is essential in each case.

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