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By default we are stewards of the earth. An irresolute contradiction:
beginning and ending of philosophy, absence of, not absented, Being;
philosophy of this labor, this presence, this present: but: philosophy not
of psychology, not of sexuality; neither the tropology nor the speciality;
therefore the body present and absent; desire present and absent; mathesis
present and absent: but: the remoteness of philosophy; remoteness of
mathematics; remoteness of fundamental ontologies; within beings without
Being. Therefore "by default": given that there is none, that there is
none other; our ethos: subsummation of the other; recuperation of the
other within the same; recuperation of the same within the other. Sheffer
dual: "neither A nor B"; Sheffer: "not both A and B"; the fundamental
"jectivity" - projection and introjection - expulsion and incorporation -
exculpation and absolution (the register of ethos) - of organism in
relation, in dialog, dialectic, with the world: imminent perceived
environment - the project of organism, project of the environment
vis-a-vis organism. The given without the giver, given without the gift,
limitless, unbounded: the present. Stewardship by default: the given of
the world, the wager of local zero-sum. Foundation of belief in relation
to "what is to be done": Second jectivity, the overlay of ethos, Spirit,
what passes for foundation. The foundation of belief is in passing. Is in
passing as such. Belief is nothing if not of consequence; the consequence
of belief is stewardship.
The basis of stewardship is decision. Decision is bifurcation, digital.
Bifurcation is fundamental: the Schrodinger cat paradox depends on it.
From analog continuous waveform to digital. The suturing of the digital:
flattening; flattening by the organism in relation to the organism and its
functioning. Suturing: the mathematical operation of integration. The
other side of flattening: Contrast increase: the mathematical operation of
differentiation. Differentiation is the basis of survival Differentiation
is a disturbance of the digital within the analog. From disturbance,
suturing. Worlding is dialog-dialectic among flattening and disturbance.
Here philosophy no longer speaks: I no longer speak. For what is being
spoke is, can only be, speech broken by the world. Speech by its very
present-presencing is always already broken; philosophy breaks on speech.
"Of such, without recourse to the return, because of evidence: one cannot
return, or rather a return would be always and only from the present to
the present, operable upon a remnant of the production, but only the
remnant, which would be drawn into presence, or re-presence.'' The return
is inconceivable, a conceiving; the return: from heroic travel; from death
to birth; from wound to heal; from anomaly to suture; from digital to
analog; from (mythology of the) death drive to (mythology of the) death
drive; from arousal to satiation. The return is as-if, fiction. The return
loops; there is never a return; the return re-presents the world; all
re-presentation of the world is the appearance of return. To return is to
re-possess; possessions are repossessions. The loop of the return is the
process of reification; it transforms the appearance of inherent value
into exchange; within mathesis, it is capital. Capital is seeing the
world; it is eternal presence. Eternal return is always eternal presence;
it is the presence of as-if-I-had-known within the I-know; return is the
foundation of culture.
Return is the foundation of culture; desire is the foundation of culture;
language is the foundation of culture; sexuality is the foundation of
culture; product-production is the foundation of culture; disturbance is
the foundation of culture; differentiation is the foundation of culture;
negation is the foundation of culture; there is no foundation of culture
as such; there is no cultural foundation. (If the world were not a stew,
philosophy would be axiomatic; if philosophy were axiomatic, there would
be no philosophy. The exhaustion of the absolute is the absolute of

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