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if you look on it that way, cowering in your soul,
if you prefer it so. It is your object, remains it as long
as you wish, and remains a total stranger, within you
and without. You perceive it, take it to yourself as
the " truth **," and it lets itself be taken; but it does not
give itself to you. Only concerning it may you make
yourself " understood " with others ; it is ready, though
attached to everyone in a different way, to be an object
common to you all. But you cannot meet others in it.
You cannot hold on to life without it, its reliability
sustains you; but should you die in it, your grave •
would be in nothingness.
Or on the other hand, man meets what exists and
becomes as what is over against Trim, always simply a
single being and each thing simply as being. What
exists is opened to hi™ in happenings, and what happens
affects him as what is. Nothing is present for him except
this one being, but it implicates the whole world.
Measure and comparison have disappeared; it lies with
yourself how much of the immeasurable becomes reality
for you. These meetings are not organised to make the
world, but each is a sign of the world-order. They are
not linked up with one another, but each assures you
of your solidarity with the world. The world which
appears to you in this way is unreliable, for it takes
on a continually new appearance; you cannot hold
it to its word. It has no density, for everything in it
penetrates everything else; no duration, for it comes
even when it is not summoned, and vanishes even when
it is tightly held. It cannot be surveyed, and if you wish
to make it capable of survey you lose it. It comes, and
comes to bring you out; if it does not reach you,