Letter on Humanism -- Reading 10

"But man is not only a living creature who possesses language along with
other capacities. Rather, language is the house of Being in which man
ek-sists by dwelling, in that he belongs to the truth of Being, guarding it."
Is it possible that the way man dwells in the house of being is under house
arrest? Is it also possible that the way man might function as Being's
guardian is by reaching toward the Good which is beyond Being (as adult
maturity is beyond a child's capacities, who therefore needs a guardian)?

"For there is Being.... This 'there is / it gives' rules the destiny of
Being." Does this describe something to be preservatively guarded like a
treasure? or cautionarily guarded like an irresponsible person who acts out
impulsively?

Brad McCormick


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