Consciousness comes to realize itself in its actuality when it is able to experience the experience of itself; when it is passive and indeterminate; when it allows being to unfold in thought and ‘come about’ to what it is in substance and subject. The only truth for consciousness is what it takes for itself. Other objects for it, other subjects, are what they are in themselves and contain their own truths. They are the immediate reflection to which consciousness undertakes, but they are nothing more than objects for consciousness; streaming pillars of light that float in and out of perception and, eventually, recede into the invisible realm of visible thought and perspective. They are, for consciousness, the historical remains of a past that loses count of its dead while it takes its immediate plunge into the incidental nothingness that awaits the experience of being.
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