Self, Brain on Philosophy

Building Dwelling Thinking

“We are attempting to trace in thought the nature of dwelling. The next step on this path would be the question: what is the state of dwelling in our precarious age?”

It made my eyes roll backwards, side-to-side, inverted- loved it. I bet it could be pecked at beautifully through a collage-

“It is language that tells us about the nature of a thing, provided that we respect language’s own nature. In the meantime, to be sure, there rages round the earth an unbridled yet clever talking, writing, and broadcasting of spoken words. Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man. Perhaps it is before all else man’s subversion of this relation of dominance that drives his nature into alienation. That we retain a concern for care in speaking is all to the good, but it is of no help to us as long as language still serves us even then only as a means of expression. Among all the appeals that we human beings, on our part, can help to be voiced, language is the highest and everywhere the first.”

“…for with the essential words of language, their true meaning easily falls into oblivion in favor of foreground meanings. Man has hardly yet pondered the mystery of this process. Language withdraws from man its simple and high speech. But its primal call does not thereby become incapable of speech; it merely falls silent. Man, though, fails to heed this silence.”

In order to understand and explain the significances and interconnections of the concepts “building” and “dwelling,” Martin Heidegger examines their linguistic origins. I am left with more questions than answers- not unexpectedly. Do the primary meanings of words still speak, even when minds have pulled and twisted them?  Are words layered like sediment, and by traveling through their layers do we arrive at fundamental cores?

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