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[Xmca-l] Lloyd Alexander on becoming (and Heidegger?)
I didn't want to hijack mike's thread but his comment reminds me of Lord
Dallben's line to the Princess Eilonwy as she sets off on a quest (from
Lloyd Alexander's children's classic Castle of Llyr) and which seems to
point to the paradox* of being and becoming:
"For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are."
And this to the notion of "becoming" - perhaps someone out there could help
me with the literature on "becoming"?
(I would add that Heidegger is quite critical of "becoming" - He has a
quote about us becoming "who we already are" - I'm not entirely sure that I
understand Heidegger's point - perhaps someone can help).
*NB: this is paradoxical only if one understands being as a self-contained
thing. If being is social and caught up with others, then the paradox would
be flipped - how is it that being could possible remain constant if social
contexts are constantly changing. That seems perhaps the more serious
question to ask.
Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
880 Spencer W. Kimball Tower
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602