Saturday, May 3, 2014

"Man is not a Being that is: he is a Nothingness that nihilates through the negation of Being. Now, the negation of Being is action. That is why Hegel says, 'the true being of man is his action.' Not to act, therefore, is not to be as a truly human being; it is to be as Sein, as given, natural being. Hence, it is to fall into decay, to become brutish; and this metaphysical truth is revealed to Man through the phenomenon of boredom: the Man who - like a thing, like an animal, like an angel - remains identical to himself, does not negate, does not negate himself - i.e., does not act, is bored. And only Man can be bored." - Alexandre Kojève, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel

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