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II. Echo [120-121]

Abandonment of being determines a singular and unique epoch in the history of the truth of be-ing. It is be-ing's epoch for a long time, in which truth hesitates to let its ownmost be dear. The time of the danger of avoiding any essential decision, the time of renouncing the struggle for measures.

Undecidedness is the domain for the unboundedness of machinations, where magnitude spreads out in the non-form of the gigantic and clarity spreads out as transparency of the empty.

The long hesitation of truth and of decisions is a refusal of the shortest way and of the greatest moment. In this epoch "beings"—what one calls the "actual" and "life" and "values"—are dis-enowned by be-ing.

Abandonment of being conceals itself in the growing validity of calculation, acceleration, and the claim of massiveness. In this concealment is hidden what is obstinately not ownmost to the abandonment of being and what makes it unassailable.


58. What the Three Concealments of the Abandonment
of Being Are and How They Show Themselves


1. Calculation—comes to power primarily by the machination of technicity, is grounded in terms of knowing in the mathematical; here the unclear foregrasping into guiding principles and rules and thus the certainty of steering and planning, the experiment; the lack of questioning in somehow managing [Durchkommen]; nothing is impossible, one is certain of "beings"; there is no longer need for the question concerning what is ownmost to truth. Everything must be adjusted to the existing state of calculation. From here on the priority of organization, renunciation from the ground up of a freely growing transformation. The incalculable is here only what has not yet been mastered by calculation, although at some point also recuperable in itself—therefore not at all outside the realm of all calculation. "Fate" and "providence" are dealt with in "sentimental" moments, which precisely in the "dominion" of calculation are not seldom, but never so that a formative force might come our of that which is invoked there—a force that would dare ever to push the mania for calculation to its limits.

Calculation is meant here as the basic law of comportment, not as the mere consideration or even cleverness of an isolated action, which belongs to every human action.

2. Acceleration—of any kind; the mechanical increase of technical "speeds," and these only a consequence of this acceleration, which means not-being-able-to-bear the stillness of hidden growth and awaiting; the mania for what is surprising, for what immediately sweeps [us] away and impresses [us], again and again and in different ways; fleetingness as the basic law of "constancy." It is necessary