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It may be different, but its my world and I choose it! Do you choose YOUR world!? If not, then listen up! Perhaps you have not yet chosen--yourself.

Wayne Ferguson

In Being and Time, Heidegger writes:

When Heidegger speaks of Dasein responding to that silent call and "choosing itself," he is influenced by Kierkegaard in Either/Or:

When around one everything has become silent, solemn as a clear, starlit night, when the soul comes to be alone
in the whole world, then before one there appears, not an extraordinary human being, but the eternal power itself,
then the heavens seem to open, and the I chooses itself or, more correctly, receives itself. Then the soul has
seen the highest, which no mortal eye can see and which can never be forgotten; then the personality receives the
accolade of knighthood that ennobles it for an eternity. He does not become someone other than he was before, but
he becomes himself. The consciousness integrates, and he is himself. Just as an heir, even if he were heir to the
treasures of the whole world, does not possess them before he has come of age, so the richest personality is
nothing before he has chosen himself, for the greatness is not to be this or that but to be oneself . . . (Either /Or, II, 177).


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