Selfhood and Destiny: On Heidegger's Call for Poetic Self-Renewal in the Contemporary Age of Devastation
Asian Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities
This essay aims to map out the path of devastation that has left us homeless and, as the thinker Martin Heidegger says, frantically and thoughtlessly seeking for our identity. The first part of the paper will be an exposition on Heidegger's ideas concerning the history of oblivion and how this may aid us to see where we have to be at present. The second part will use for its point of departure Heidegger's insights on forgetfulness to explain how he perceives the possibility of salvation from
... f salvation from such a threat by expounding on his ideas concerning the "fourfold" and its relationship with selfhood. The last part of the paper will then discuss his idea of poetic dwelling and how this is in fact the path towards an authentic re-building of the self in the midst of Being's withdrawal and devastation. Given Heidegger's contention that the destiny of the self is tied up with the destining of Being, this paper will show that it is only by thoroughly examining the destining of absence, oblivion and withdrawal issued by history itself that we may build ourselves once more. This time, we shall do so in a more essential way, more heedful of the directives inscribed in our very beings as the ones tasked to recover ourselves from the mire of forgetfulness, and as mortal dwellers on the earth, under the sky, awaiting the divinities.