The well-being of an individual depends entirely on the will of others. He is at the mercy of an alien will. He is in his own consciousness, his own true consciousness, acting out the needs of others and not in allotting for his own needs. Their needs must first be fulfilled before the individual’s needs since he cannot act solely for himself. His whole self-esteem, his pride, his value to himself, is uttered by what is in opposition; by what is not him. His wellness is an afterthought, an end which is dubious, uncertain. His clarity depends on what is unclear, what is in doubt. He is separated from his own spirit while being-in-the-world, dependent on providing for others at the cost of the beyond, which he seeks to reach but can only do so in separate stages, or shapes of consciousness. In his constant alienation, he eventually must come back around to himself as, ultimately, there is nothing but the self and, outside of that, nothing at all.
Spirit, which is pure consciousness, looks to unify with the true; to become pure essence in an alien world and to reach a point of self-unity. It cannot, however, simply do away with true consciousness as it is that actuality which has been grounded by its purity and, this dual consciousness succumbs to the reality which it finds itself sinking into. It tempers this conflict with culture which gives power to something other than itself so that, in its universal realm, it is brought to a point that becomes, over time, recognizable to the self-alienated consciousness, and allows it to cope with its foreign status by engaging with other self-consciousness’ in the real world.
Spirit is in search of rational moments. It uses culture and language to lend a meaning to itself, for, in seeking rationality, it also looks to unify with the world and its own essence.
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