In Statu Viae (MacKinnon)

…But this at least can be said without prolonged invasion of the theological field.  There is no escape at any point from the fear that our very seriousness about ourselves is sound and fury signifying nothing.  The medieval schoolmen would have said:  inevitably so, for man is poised between being and non-being; he draws his existence from the self-existent God.  The movement of human thought must reflect man’s situation in being.  Because he is poised between being and not being, he will never see his existence as something assured.  Again and again, in taking stock of himself, he will not find easily arguments which will assure him that his standing is secure.  At their wisest the schoolmen would never allow that by a formula we could somehow escape the most fundamental conditions of our existence.  In the end they would have said:  the proof of the pudding is in the eating; a necessary implication of their insistence on the primacy of being over thought.  And perhaps we must say the same.  There is no other proof possible that a seriousness in life is justified than is found in living.  One cannot by magic escape the conditions of humanity, assume the absolute perspective of God.  If it is better to arrive than to travel, we are still inescapably travelling in statu viae, to use the old phrase.  And our perspectives are necessarily those of travellers, at least for most of the time.  But there still remains a difference between the traveller who takes the measure of his road and the one who seeks to be oblivious of its windings.  –D. M. MacKinnon, “Death”

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