Blue is the color of the between.
To set out underway, to enter the between, is to enter
this spiritual twilight of blueness. It is “spiritual” insofar as Heidegger follows
Trakl in understanding spirit as a flame capable of offering inviting
warmth at a hearth as well as burning everything to ashes in conflagration.
Spirit as flame is never wholly one or the other of these, it is always
in between. The loss of oneself by entry into the between occurs at “twilight”
(Dämmerung), the crepuscular transition of the day. It is not simply
the end of the day, but also the dawn of morning; “morning, too, has its
twilight [dämmert]”. Twilight is always between the
end and the beginning. Lastly, the between is a spiritual twilight of “blueness”
insofar as blue is the color of twilight, of the time that is neither day
nor night. Blue is the color of the trace, of what remains light in the dark
and dark within light. As Heidegger puts it, “the brightness sheltered in
the dark is blueness”.
From The Fourfold
, Andrew J. Mitchell.