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elle est appelée nécessairement par les valeurs qu’elle pose à travers lesquelles elle se pose ; elle ne peut pas fonder un refus d’elle-même, car en se refusant elle refuserait la possibilité de tout fondement. Se vouloir moral et se vouloir libre, c’est une seule et même décision.]18: This is no more than making the best of a bad job. It cannot justify my existence, which is contingent (p. 22), unless it abolishes the contingency either by making my existence necessary or by bringing it to an end; and it does neither. p. 36/15-23 [Pour convertir cette absence en présence, ma fuite en volonté, il faut que j’assume positivement mon projet ; il ne s’agit pas de me replier sur le mouvement tout intérieur et d’ailleurs abstrait d’une spontanéité donnée, mais d’adhérer au mouvement concret et singulier par lequel cette spontanéité se définit en se jetant vers un fin …]19: See p. 44. p. 39/21-40/2 [Cependant, l’homme ne crée pas le monde ; il ne réussit à le dévoiler qu’à travers les résistances que ce monde lui oppose ; la volonté ne se définit qu’en se suscitant des obstacles ; et de par la contingence de la facticité certains obstacles se laissent vaincre, d’autres non. C’est ce qu’exprimait Descartes lorsqu’il disait que la liberté de l’homme

18.  ‘But also, man wants to be an unveiling of being; and, if he coincides with this will, he wins because the fact is that with his presence to the world the world becomes present. But the unveiling implicates a constant tension to maintain being at a distance. To tear oneself away from the world and affirm oneself as liberty: to want the unveiling of the world, to want to be free; these are one and the same movement. Liberty is the source from which spring all significations and all values. It is the original condition of all existential justifications. The man who seeks to justify his life must want before all and absolutely the realization of liberty itself; at the same time as it requires concrete ends and singular projects it requires itself universally. It is not a wholly constituted value which would offer itself from the outside to my abstract adhesion, but it appears (not on the level of facticity but on the moral plane) as cause of self. It is necessarily called by the values that it poses as and through it reposes. It cannot found a refusal of itself because by refusing itself it would refuse the possibility of any foundation. To want to be moral, to want to be free, is one and the same decision.’ 19.  ‘To correct this absence into presence, my (escaping) into will, I have to assume positively my project; there is no question of withdrawing myself into a wholly interior movement and further abstraction of a given spontaneity, but of adhering to a concrete and singular movement by which this spontaneity is defined by throwing itself towards an end.’

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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