Comment on devient ce que l’on est.

My translation of a small excerpt from a book by Philippe Sollers called “The Life Divine”

How one becomes what one is. Bizarre formula: it turns being and becoming inside out. On principle, we’re born, we are, and then we become something other than what we are. That’s life, as we say, as if that said anything. “Die and become!”— the formula is well known. But to become what we are (in discovering, thus, little by little, that we are criminal, idiotic, negligible, wise, holy, or, who knows, God himself) remains mysterious. Nothing tells us what we’re capable of. One goes through many situations and events that one isn’t. We don’t inevitably become what we are. False directions abound. That’s why most of us humans become something we’re not, and we are violently encouraged in these directions by the familial and social illusions that span the ages.

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Un petit extrait d’une livre par Philippe Sollers qui s’appelle “Une vie divine”

Comment on devient ce que l’on est. Bizarre formule, qui conjugue à l’envers être et devenir. En principe, on nâit, on est, et puis on devient autre chose que ce qu’on était. C’est la vie, comme on dit, en croyant dire quelque chose. «Meurs et deviens!», la formule est connue. Mais devenir ce que l’on est (en découvrant, donc, peu à peu, ce qu’on est, criminel, idiot, négligeable, sage, saint, ou, qui sait, dieu lui-même) reste mystérieux. Rien ne dit qu’on en soi capable. Il faut traverser une multitude de situations ou d’événements qu’on n’est pas. On ne devient pas forcement ce qu’on est. Les fausses directions abondent. Violà pourqoui la plupart des humains deviennet ce qu’ils ne sont pas. Ils sont violemment encouragés dans ce sens par l’illusionnisme familial et social à travers les âges.

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