Heidegger: Europe, Pincers, France & Modernity

I am presenting here a quote by Heidegger from his book ‘Introduction to Metaphysics’ which, I feel, is as relevant today as it was when he first presented the lecture course in 1935. But first I will explain why I believe this to be so.

For four consecutive weekends Paris has been alight with with frenzied revolt against a soulless, unpatriotic banker turned President. From denouncing to pictures with shirtless thugs, this insipid vermin, this cancerous growth, must be removed. He cares not for France or the French. Finally, a revolt against this vacuous ego may have a chance at driving him from his position. The next elections in France may allow the people to reclaim their way of life and u-turn the direction in-which they are heading.

Angela Merkel has stepped down, she will remain in power until the next election but hopefully this combined with all future disasters Germany will endure in this period will create the perfect conditions required for a removal of her dangerous government from power. Given that the third largest party at the elections last year was Alternative for Germany, hopefully they can, at least, move into second place next election. Though they will need to attain a higher level of stability.

As Britain inches closer to BREXIT (though their BREXIT will not be a true BREXIT) there is hope, dear reader. The European Union is weakening. If Nationalist parties can rise in the next few years, a death blow can be dealt. The EU will cease to be. A proper union can then be created, one that does not interfere with the sovereignty of each nation, one that does not, that can not – twist the arm of each nation into accepting destructive laws imposed by an un-elected, bureaucratic system of corrupt overlords with little disregard for the citizens who suffer the consequences of undemocratic tyrants hell bent on destroying Europe at the behest of corporations, corporotcracies, those who gain wealth with the total disregard for the bodies they step over.

Now for Heidegger.

“This Europe, in its unholy blindness always on the point of cutting its own throat, lies today in the great pincers between Russia on the one side and America on the other. Russia and America, seen metaphysically, are both the same: the same hopeless frenzy of unchained technology and rootless organization of the average man. When the farthest corner of the globe has been captured technically and can be exploited economically: when any incident you like, in any place you like, at any time you like, becomes as accessible as fast as you like; when you can simultaneously “experience” an assassination attempt against the King of France and a symphony in Tokyo; when time is nothing but speed, instantaneity, and simultaneity, and time has vanished from all Dasein of all peoples; when a boxer counts as the great man of a people; when the tallies of millions at mass meetings are a triumph; then, yes then, there still looms like a specter over all this uproar this question: what for? – where to? – and what then?”


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