Dasein Within the They
Sartre explains that “between the nihilation of the in-itself and the projected in-itself the for-itself is nothingness.” He is saying that the “I” is nothing when it is compared to the nihilated “me” and the projected “me”. I believe that being-for-itself is what really matters, the “I” is what is important in order to be. The “me” is not as important because it is when you compare your self to others is when you use the “me”, that is when the in-itself is projected to others as you as others see you. There is no true point to this paper, there are only points that can be found within the paper, I may tangent off into different topics but there is one topic that will remain on topic, that is that we are what we are, and we are what we choose to be. Dasein is we, and we are Dasein. For man to be man is to be not man but to “Be” just “Be” and that the “They” are trying to shape us and control us, but Dasein is able to free us from the grip of the “they”.
If we are not capable of making ourselves into what we want, if we are not capable of making the choices that we want to make, the mistakes that we want to make, since there is no predefined human form or being, we must define ourselves as what we want to be. There are no limitations on what we can be and what we should be. You do not have to be what you do not want to be. We have absolute freedom in choosing what we are and what I am. As with Hegel and as Sartre states “the negation of the negation can not bring us back to our point of departure.” (Pg. 323) Us denying what we denied will not make us not deny it anymore, it turns into a redundant attempt at changing something we have tried not to change but to deny.
Heidegger defines a Being as Dasein which is a future projecting Being. Dasein is us and we are Dasein. He states “Dread reveals Nothing.” Dread holds us in suspense, as it makes what-is-in-totality slip away, along with ourselves. That is why “you” and “I” do not have the...