A kind of Meditation

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!

2 comments on “A kind of Meditation

  1. the don says:

    a very interesting quote indeed.

    It reminds me of the way that George Pattison shores up the Augustinian theological heritage of Heidegger’s work.

    For more, see Paul Griffiths work on the vice of curiosity:


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