“Meanwhile man, precisely as the one so threatened, exalts himself to the posture of lord of the earth. In this way the impression comes to prevail that everything man encounters exists only insofar as it is his construct. This illusion gives rise in turn to one final delusion: It seems as though man everywhere and always encounters only himself… In truth, however, precisely nowhere does man today any longer encounter himself, i.e. his essence. Man stands so decisively in attendance on the challenging-forth of Enframing that he does not apprehend Enframing as a claim, that he fails to see himself as the one spoken to, and hence also fails in every way to hear in what respect he exists, from out of his essence, in the realm of an exhortation or address, and thus can never encounter only himself.”
I’ve found that the works of Martin Heidegger are great places to find things you can spend ridiculous amounts of time contemplating. This particular quote, from The Question Concerning Technology (which I’ve shared before), is not quite as difficult to work out as some of his others, but I think that it still has meaning – and recent comments by EPA head, Scott Pruitt brought it back into my mind.
Photo of the Rocky Mountains taken at Garden of the Gods, July 2015.