Being Is Not Everything : The Importance Of Becoming Nothing

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Leah B. Mitchell
Professor John Gist
Philosophy 300-70
10 November 2016

Being Is Not Everything: The Importance of Becoming Nothing
Heidegger believed that “Philosophizing is questioning the extra-ordinary” (Heidegger, et al. 14). He suggests, however, that when science questions existence, it simply focuses on what is, while dismissing that which is not (the nothing), and that because of this oversight, scientists do not see the full picture of existence. As a philosopher, Heidegger sought a deeper understanding of the purpose of human existence − his secular version of “God”, if you will, and he may have discovered it in the Nothing. After contemplation of Martin Heidegger’s philosophies, one could reasonably argue that his “Nothing” is none other than that which humanity collectively refers to as “God” – i.e. the source of all that is. Further, that becoming is the telos of our existence; the result, Being, is far less significant.
Throughout the history of humanity, the concept of “God” has been interpreted and used in many ways. God has been considered to have created the universe, to exist separately and have power over it. God has also been considered to be the universe, existing within everything that presents itself as being. God has been denied existence by some, and only believed to be something that can never be known or proved by others. To simplify the term God, from this point we will understand “God” to be the creator/source of all of existence.
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