Once self-consciousness is in the world outside itself, as it transcends from spirit, it takes part in its own destruction. It subtracts itself by adding what it purports to be as “self”; as “personality” and “character,” into being-in-the-world and becoming of it. It leaves the content of its nothingness and absorbs experiences which shape and influence its thoughts and actions. It feeds itself into a combine that is made of all experiences opening up into the world and being part of it. Consciousness surrenders itself to others by being other than what it is; by becoming a “self.” Moreover, “self” can never be by itself, never isolated even in isolation. It is dependent on others to recognize it, to recall it, to define it and accept it into the domain of a world of all otherness.
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