When one decides upon a “now” by pointing it out, a new “now” takes its place and the “now” which was initially pointed out, no longer is. It draws into the past, immolated by the self-certainty of the new “now,” with little trace of it except that which fuses with consciousness into a present “now,” that can no longer be. There is a bond between presence and the past of being what is “now” and the being of what once “was.” Simply by the immediacy of the self-knowing-its-self through its own mediation, it becomes a self which is no longer and a new mediating self, which cannot last, is born. And, within this “turning-aside,” the “now” negates that which was and becomes the opposite, or negation, of itself.
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