MICHEL SERRES

ÜBER DAS »GENERISCHE DES MENSCHSEINS«

....“The sphinx – Animals have feet, not hands. In the mixed body, the box is put forward held by human hands. Oedipus – Of the three, one foot matters more, leaving the two others to their living parity and to the upright posture that causes hands to be born: the foot that could be said to be orthopedic or false, the prosthesis serving as a support but that can be detached, marking the final and decisive advance of this living being delivered from death by the animal and from the animal by death, risen at noon, soon talking and measuring – at the price of his life –language by things, and bringing death again before the object-box. This living being suddenly recognizes the world. The sphinx – Farewell. Oedipus – Stay. Consider, before you, that, and forget, behind you, the old cases. Look, in silence, for a long time at these boxes and these stable pyramids, at this peaceful objective world. What good is it to die, for what archaic causes?”..“The sphinx – Animals have feet, not hands. In the mixed body, the box is put forward held by human hands. Oedipus – Of the three, one foot matters more, leaving the two others to their living parity and to the upright posture that causes hands to be born: the foot that could be said to be orthopedic or false, the prosthesis serving as a support but that can be detached, marking the final and decisive advance of this living being delivered from death by the animal and from the animal by death, risen at noon, soon talking and measuring – at the price of his life –language by things, and bringing death again before the object-box. This living being suddenly recognizes the world. The sphinx – Farewell. Oedipus – Stay. Consider, before you, that, and forget, behind you, the old cases. Look, in silence, for a long time at these boxes and these stable pyramids, at this peaceful objective world. What good is it to die, for what archaic causes?”....

MICHEL SERRES, STATUES, SECOND BOOK ON FOUNDATIONS, BLOOMSBURY 2016