Empedocles, the leap

Hölderlin, The Basis of Empedocles (trans. David Farrell Krell), in The Death of Empedocles. A Mourning Play. Albany: SUNY (2008)

‘The more organizational, more artistic human being is nature’s flowering; the more aorgic nature, when it is felt in its purity by human beings who are organized purely and educated purely in their mode of being, grants them their feeling of perfection.

Yet such a life is at hand only in feeling, and is not a matter of cognition. If it is to be knowable it must depict itself by separating itself off from itself in the excess of intensity in which opposites mistake themselves for one another, such that the organizational, which surrendered itself too much to nature and thereby forgot its essence and its consciousness, passes over into the extremes of autonomous acitivity art, and reflection; by contrast, nature, at least in the effects it exercises on the reflective human being, passes over into the extreme of the aorgic the inconceivable, the insensible, the unbounded, until both sides, advancing in their reciprocal yet opposite directions, unite with one another in a primordial way, as though encountering one another at the commencement, except that nature has become more organized through the shaping and cultivating human being, through the cultural drives and formative forces in general, whereas, by contrast, the human being has become more aorgic, more universal more infinite.’

the ‘Orgische’ – Rage (Goethe) but also ‘orgon’ (Reich), connection to will as desire, in the broadest sense.