The Incidental Corridor of a Representation, No.614

A Determined consciousness, through its sensibilities, perceives images as representations and not as real things. It is a freedom of being in consciousness, but it is limited, one which can sense only that a thing is. It can be a color, a sound, a leaf pile, a long road, etc., but its freedom relies on an opposition. That opposition can be the form of a different color or sound, a flurry of falling leaves, a short road, etc. It is knowledge in the form of representation, which sets the image free in which a new consciousness arises; a freedom of knowing through representation, but, limited to that representation as we are so limited by our own representation to others, and, therefore, we are not able to know what the thing is in itself, we can only know that it is a representation of something, an image that enters consciousness and hurried through to the next image, and the next and the next. We cannot say for sure that the image was there before we became conscious of it, because that would represent a knowledge of it which would seem an impossibility, for how can we know that something exists before it makes an appearance to us? It truly does exist for others who can image it, but, in that case, who then and what is an-other? Moreover, what is being represented to the senses we can assume is real, but we still cannot have knowledge of it, since it is only a representation, an image appearing to the senses when, by looking away, is no longer there, or thinking alternatively, removes consciousness from that representation. The determined consciousness, which is a contemplation contemplating itself, is free only through its being of knowledge, yet it is always confined to that knowledge as it can only penetrate what is allowed through the senses and anything existing beyond that is only known as an unknown something.

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