Sunday, November 20, 2011

Eric Gerlach in gambling with truth.
Heidegger argues that every revealing is a concealing, that history both gives us our meanings as it removes others from our sight. This is similar to Nietzsche arguing that every philosophy is a self confession of its author. Consider the statement, “Science is true”, what this reveals as well as what it conceals. We have made great leaps and bounds through technology, but does this always help humanity? To stand for something, one takes a risk. To believe in something, one focuses on what one wants to be true. For both Nietzsche and Heidegger, it is good to stand for things, to create and live, but to do this well is to understand that we must take responsibility for this ourselves and not place its truth on another being such as religion or science. When we say that a system is true, we are individuals taking a gamble. To lose sight of this is to lose one’s freedom and a great deal of one’s power, even though it can be frightening, indeed the most frightening thing, to admit.
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