Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Jason Wirth on Schelling and the spectrally present in its absence.
The pure self, the original face before your parents were born, is a non-subject haunting the subject (because the subject is in itself absolutely nothing). It “is” an Ungrund, to use Schelling’s deployment of Böhme’s phrase, spectrally present, that is, present in its absence, within Grund. How does one face this all-consuming fire within oneself, and within all things, when it emerges, as did Krishna to the despondent Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita, as Vishnu, the mystery of mysteries, the royal secret, and finally as great Time, mahā kāla, the world destroyer? In the Freedom essay, Schelling will argue that Angst before the great matter of life, before what is oldest in nature, drives us from the center. And as Schelling argued in The Ages of the World: “Most people turn away from what is concealed within themselves just as they turn away from the depths of the great life and shy away from the glance into the abysses of that past which are still within one just as much as the present”.
P. 52
Reminds me of Margaret Atwood's Death by Landscape.
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