The Dead Neither See Nor Hear

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One must follow what is common; but, even though the Logos is common, most people live as though they possessed their own private wisdom. (Fr.2)

 

The common is what is open to all, what can be seen and heard by all. To see is to let in with open eyes what is open to view, i.e. what is lit up and revealed to all. The dead (the completely private ones) neither see nor hear; they are closed. No light (fire) shines in them; no speech sounds in them. And yet, even they participate in the kosmos. The extinguished ones also belong to the continuum of lighting and extinguishing that is the common kosmos. The dead touch upon the living sleeping, who in turn touch upon the living waking. (Fr. 26)

 

Heraclitus of Ephesus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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