What is Awareness? (I)

The uniqueness of each standpoint, each point of view, can obviously only be "overcome" by changing the standpoint to other standpoints. And returning. In such alternation alone, which can also appear as constant change, lies the unity of the world.

The grasping of this dynamic unity exceeds mere consciousness because Consciousness (I) always tends to circumscribing condensation, that is, to the formation of symbolic, quasi-static objects. In contrast, the change to other standpoints – other individual attitudes – is naturally more open. The perception of this alternation I therefore call awareness

Awareness, then, is never "fixed." It is always the becoming of something else, more precisely of many others: It is constantly arising from this alternating movement and consists only in it. It is thus also perception of potential.

But whose potential? No, not ours, if by "our" a quasi-static self-image is meant. For such an image would already be largely fixed. Instead, in order to change, for example, from the individuality of an official to that of an amateur artist, the official must be "dissolved" and condensed anew into the artist. Not the official has moved, but the alternation between one and the other has been differently coiled. In the process, both the official and the artist are aware of their alternative selves. Moreover, both are aware of the potential points of view on the way from the office to the studio and back again. And they are furthermore aware of the possible attitudes in the cinema or theater. And of the different positions within the office, the studio and the home.

Awareness changes with each attitude, but it includes all potential standpoints. Sometimes one has priority - it is more real and less potential - sometimes the other. Sometimes the awareness is more limited, for example to the pages of a file, then again more open with a view into life. But even in the file the artist occasionally comes into play, and in the artist the pedant. And at home, both of them.

Mentally we alternate faster than psychically or physically, because psyche and body are more "fixed." The psychic alternation structure is more deeply convoluted, and also the body is the result of relatively stable alternations ("interactions"), which we hardly overlook. But strictly speaking there is no place where we can say "Now we have changed position", because "we" consist exclusively of convoluted alternations. There is basically only awareness.

But who is aware of the alternation of awareness? A nice trick question.

In reality, awareness is always alternation between other awareness, namely between perspectives of the whole alternation. Awareness, as said, changes the rank, the hierarchy of potential attitudes. When the "officialdom" speaks, the inspiration is mostly silent and vice versa. What the official is also aware of, however, is the subordination of his awareness in the awareness of the artist (and so on). With the awareness then also the whole nesting of descending priorities, points of view, and turns alternates.

So what are we aware of in a nutshell?
·       Everything unique is contained in everything unique.
·       Alternation of uniqueness is the most natural thing in the world.