This morning I came across Kelly Jolley’s blog-entry for today. Rather than re-blog it, I’ll give you the Heidegger passage he quotes. (See his preamble at Quantum Est In Rebus Inane).
Thirst for knowledge and greed for explanations never lead to a thinking inquiry. Curiosity is always the concealed arrogance of a self-consciousness that banks on a self-invented ratio and its rationality. The will to know does not will to abide in hope before what is worthy of thought. –“A Dialogue on Language”
I found myself percolating, and writing in response: The first startle is linking thirst with greed, as if our ‘pursuit of knowledge’ were a vice. Then curiosity gets unlinked from wonder, leaving us with the curiosity that killed the cat, and then rationality gets linked to the arrogance and falsity of invention. And then . . . then the wonderful resolution, that beyond the pit of self-importance that plagues philosophy there lies a kind of embraceable desire or wish or will for an apparently utterly different sort of knowledge-orientation, one that ‘abides’ (lives tenderly, perhaps in a paradise) in rising hope before something so very worthy of hope, attention, and meditation. His words carry us to that place and position, uplifted.
Thanks to Kelly, it’s a good morning already! The sort Thoreau would greet with a rooster crow!