Reason is the outer expression of self-consciousness and shows itself through the negation of all else that is not it. Self-consciousness, in its own inner self, seeks to make that which it is not a part of what it is. It seeks its own feelings, its own sense of life, determining that it has only itself to fulfill its needs, but must also make another self-consciousness recognize it as a self; one that needs the other while at the same moment contradicting that other so that it can be its own self-consciousness.
Being outside the other, apart from what it cannot be, self-consciousness seeks to make the other unto itself; to draw in the other self-consciousness so that it can feel nothing but itself in itself, but also in the other. It is its true activity. If self-consciousness had only itself in its reality, it would be divided in two, broken up by its own inner self and that which it wants to become, which is pure spirit. But through the other, self-consciousness is recognized as what it is and becomes, not just for itself, which it must be, but sees itself in the other, which it needs more. It carries its own dialectical formula within itself. That which it is, that which it seeks, and that which, finally, it becomes through the other for itself. It creates a unity with the other self-consciousness and does so by negating it, since without this contradiction between the two, there would be no reason for their existence as two separate beings.
This experience of self-consciousness is a unity of reason. It assigns itself to become one with another, to form a circle of consciousness that, within it is pure spirit, and outside of it, the reality of a determinate self. It is a self that seeks pleasure
through another, by being recognized as the self that it is. Through the other, the person realizes his own reality and the truth of himself. But, while embracing the other self-consciousness that it seeks to be a part of by being recognized, it destroys itself. It is no longer an individual self within its own reality, but now shares that reality with others who share the same purposeful determination. It now must share its reality at the cost of its own self-consciousness which, while desiring to have the other unto itself, becomes lost to the universal and, ultimately, is lost in the montage of life with all of its shortcomings; its pitfalls, destruction, and accidental experiences of being.
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