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We sit here on a blind rock careening through space; we are all of us rushing headlong to the grave. Think you the worms will care, when anon they make a meal of you, whether you spent your moment sighing wigless in your chamber, or sacked the golden tombs of Montezuma? Lookee, the day’s nigh spent; ’tis gone careering into time forever… We are dying men: i’faith, there’s time for naught but bold resolves!

—Henry Burlingame III (as quoted in John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor)

The act of comprehending is a free act of reflection upon the previously derived intuition, and it is posited as a free act. The freedom of the act of reflecting upon intuition cannot be posited, however, unless this act of reflection is itself posited as such. Accordingly, we obtain a twofold view of the act of reflection, and along with this, a twofold view of the object of the same. (That is to say, the double aspect of the act of reflection is present for the philosopher, whereas what is present for the I is the double aspect of the object.)

  —Fichte: Foundations of Transcendental Philosophy : (Wissenschaftslehre Nova Methodo)