luni, 21 noiembrie 2011

Heraclitus: Up and Down


Heraclitus, fr. 60: And the up and the down is one and the same thing

How do we know the up? We know it from the experience of the things we think of being  up. There are up because we hardly can reach them, so that the up seems to not belong to those things, but to ourselves as ones who can hardly reach them.

The same happens with the down, but with the difference that it implies our easiness of reaching the down met in things.

The hardiness and the easiness of our experience with things are the same as long as they both are our own. The roundabout experience of hardiness and easiness in one’s life makes them the same, as two ways of defining the same life. It is not exactly a definition, but rather two manners by which the life is lived and, therefore, consumed.

Questioning the reason of hardiness or easiness is just a secondary problem regarding life, and all that is secondary to life is also away from the act of living: a lifeless or tedious manner of retreating from life.

If we do not forget that the hardiness and easiness are determined by the up and down, we can classify the last ones among the lifeless things, too.

If we speak about the up and down, then we seemingly give them birth. But it is in fact the life of our language, one that can subsist only by dividing things and aspects of things. The dividing manner of speaking, showed by the very act of building sentences divided in various parts, helps us to resist to our own turbulence in dealing with life. The perpetual passage from up and down is easier carried on when we speak about things as being in definite places, up and down.

The things are not up and down. They are the same in the same life, waiting for subtler ways of being thought of. And if we invoke the thought, then it is needed a look above the prone of language to divide things. Above the division is the whole, and the whole in one’s life is the capacity of passing from a thing to another without the useless detour of speaking about reality as a clear-cut experience of things disposed in a stable frame.