unfolding of truth in the sense of clearing and revealing. It is the unstoppable consequence of Nietzsche’s metaphysics, which holds the ‘truth’ only to be a ‘value’ and one cipher among others, that one misunderstands all philosophical thinking as a script of ciphers. Such thinking achieves the utmost distance from the essence of truth, and the only thing that remains for such straying is for it to write its own ‘logic.’

The true in the inceptual sense of the unconcealed does not have the nature of mere clarity of explication and explicability. To the same degree, the true is not the unclear in the sense of an inexplicable and ciphered profundity. The true is neither the one-dimensionality of mere arithmetic nor the ‘profound’ dimensions hidden behind a theatre’s curtain.

The true is the unsaid that remains the unsaid only in what is strictly and properly said.

To think essentially: this means to listen to what is unsaid in the consideration of what is said, and thereby to come into unanimity with what in the unsaid keeps its silence before us. So long as the word remains conferred upon the human as the fundamental property of his essence, the human cannot escape the unsaid.

τὸ μὴ δῦνόν ποτε πῶς ἂν τις λάθοι;

The word wherein the essence of the historical human conveys [übereignet] itself is the word of beyng. This inceptual word is safeguarded in poetry and thinking. In whatever way the fate of the Occident may be conjoined, [181] the greatest and truest trial of the Germans is yet to come: namely, that trial in which they are tested by the ignorant against their will regarding whether the Germans are in harmony with the truth of beyng, and whether they are strong enough in their readiness for death to save the inceptual in its inconspicuous adornment from the spiritual poverty of the modern world.

The danger in which the ‘holy heart of the people’ of the Occident stands is not that of decline: rather, it is that we, bewildered, shall yield to the will of modernity and race into it. In order to prevent this calamity from happening, we are dependent, within the coming decades, upon those thirty-and forty-year-olds who have learned to think essentially.


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Heraclitus (GA 55) by Martin Heidegger