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Origin and end: ‘a sense of place’ on which we cannot place our hands on at will. 

Our origin lies with the parental couple, at least symbolically (with the new techniques of artificial insemination the traditional natural framework no longer works as much..) But the symbolical parental couple is also historic in its origins. It has also in fact had, in turn, a source. The adamitic myth is there to prove, just like the myth, in order to get to the root of a problem you have to go back to its origins. On the other hand there is Darwinism, which has recently become en vogue once again. Yet as general theory Darwinism is a little more than a surrogate for the unwary. A finite series of generations does not take away, in fact, its finite nature in the end and the finite itself cannot be. It would not have ended anything, that is it would be infinite (if nothing finishes as something, this something is not finite, therefore infinite). We would then have something finite and infinite at the same time. We would have an unthinkable absurdity…

A similar argument applies to our end. Sure, there are those who say, like Sartre, that we are destined to kick the bucket. However it is difficult to believe in this when a human being is faced with death. Humanity has always honoured their dead and in many ways invented forms of life in the hereafter since ancient times. Perhaps in regard to our survival there are no absolute arguments (philosophically speaking) to think of it as necessary. For that matter, it is not considered this way in the Christian tradition. Eternal life is rather a gift received from above. However the life of our desire only makes sense if you look beyond death. We have already referred to the words of Nietzsche on human desire: it wants eternity.

To take it up again: in the beginning, a situation of ‘already being there’ refers to Someone who is not attributable to the nodes of the fragility of being; in sum a stable situation in life that cannot be only comes from a Lord of life. Origin and end, therefore, ‘a sense of place’ on which we cannot place our hands on at will, because we depend on it radically.



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