|Almost as badass as Nietzsche|
There is also the mode of Being of equipment, what Heidegger calls 'ready-to-hand.' Things appear to me in this mode when I immediately apprehend them as tools to be used in my everyday life. For example, I immediately understand, without any thought or reflection, that doorknobs are to be used for opening doors. Likewise, I understand intuitively that chairs are meant to be sit in, books are meant to be read, and food is meant to be eaten. All of these things present themselves to us as meaningful objects, related to other objects and to us in meaningful ways.
Finally, there is the mode of Being peculiar to us as conscious creatures, which Heidegger calls Dasein in German—'Being-There' in English. We differ in our Being from that of mere substances or physical objects and equipment in that we take a stand on our being. In other words, we have an awareness of our own being, which distinguishes us from things like rocks (substances) or hammers (equipment); furthermore, this awareness allows us to 'comport' ourselves in certain ways, to adopt certain attitudes toward our own existence.
My knowledge of Heidegger does not extend much beyond what I've written above, as he's an extremely complex and difficult thinker and I've just begun to explore his work. So, my thoughts at this point are more my own musings that take his thoughts as a launching point.
Heidegger was also concerned with the attitude towards life which was brought about technology, an attitude towards being in which we feel called upon to manipulate nature to our ends. I know very little about this area of his thought, but I'm excited to explore it. I get the sense that he was on to something very deep and very pressing here.
To be continued...