No Place but Here, no Time but Now


The question “Where am I?” is probably one of the seven wonders of the intellectual life of mankind. This question is almost always addressed from the outside, beginning from what precedes us and continuing with what follows us. This approach, which starts with presupposing man’s fundamental situated-ness and then tries to elucidate the nature of that situation, has failed to provide a satisfactory answer. There is a presupposition in this approach: it assumes that man is somewhere, inside an enclosure called the world, embedded into a situation that transcends him and extends indefinitely in both space and time.

But let us approach this question from a phenomenological point of view, by simply analyzing our experience of “place” without making assumptions about it: this approach is devoid of assumptions and is accessible to all, and above all arrives at the answer, not in the form of a dogmatic conception but in…

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It is absolutely clear that this world and its contents are purely mental and nothing solid in it. To come out of suffering entirely you should know your mind thoroughly.

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