12 December 2013
τὸ γὰρ αὐτὸ νοεῖν ἐστίν τε καὶ εἶναι. (Frag. III)
"For minding and being are the same."
Namely, they are time,
for all presencing and absencing,
pre-spatial, prior to place,
within which places make space
and extended things take their places.
If mind and time are the same,
then there is no inside and outside
of so-called consciousness.
So-called reality takes place
within the inconspicuous time-clearing,
Only in the time-clearing
does mind run up against
occurrents presencing and absencing,
presenting their looks,
as what or who they are
or are not,
or hiding from mind altogether,
so to speak,
out of mind.
And only to mind
can occurrents present their looks
absently or presently,
sensuously or non-sensuously.
Today's philosophy cannot think this,
betrothed as it is in deadly wedlock
driven by insatiable will to power,
knows only the calculable, linear,
one-dimensional, real, continuous time
of efficient causality.
Philosophy goes along subserviently,
not daring to challenge,
locating consciousness inside,
perhaps in the brain,
over against the outside, physical world
and continuing to peddle
the subject of consciousness
from liberal humanism
through impotent ethical injunctions
to aesthetic supplements.
Time is imagined as something physical,
an absolute movement of light,
tied to space
in fraught warping equations
of general relativity,
of the mathematical myth
of a Big Bang.
Further reading: Out of your mind?