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thing (subject, person, etc.) and because all matters are construed as "lived experiences" of a human being and these in turn as incidents in that being.

Even this meditation can merely indicate that something necessary is not yet grasped and possessed. This that is necessary (Da-sein) can be attained only through a dislodging of human being as a whole, i.e., through meditation on the plight with regard to being as such and with regard to its truth.


215. The essential occurrence of truth


A decisive question: is the essential occurrence of truth, as clearing for self-concealing, grounded on Da-sein, or is this, the essential occurrence of truth, itself the ground for Da-sein? Or are both these views valid? And what is meant in each case by "ground"?

These questions can be decided only if truth is grasped in the indicated essence as the truth of beyng and thus grasped out of the event.

What does it mean to be placed before the self-concealing, the self-withholding, the hesitating, and to remain constant in their open realm? It means restraint and thus the basic disposition: shock, restraint, diffidence. These come to a human being only if and when they are "bestowed."


216. The posing of the question of truth


seems completely arbitrary now, since this question has for a long time not been a question at all. Yet this situation has the opposite consequence: the posing of the question has its own unique determinateness within the plight which is so deeply rooted that it is not a plight for anyone, in the sense that we do not experience and grasp the question of the truth of what is true as a necessary question.

Instead, the ever-greater uprootedness drives us into a blatant capitulation to common opinion or into indifference or meek dependence on the past.


217. The essence of truth


Most intrinsically proper to this essence is the fact that it is historical. The history of truth, the history of the shining forth, transforming, and grounding of its essence, contains only rare and widely separated moments.


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