The Closure of Possibilities


“Mortals are they who can experience death as death. Animals cannot do so. But animals cannot speak either. The essential relation between death and language flashes up before us, but remains still unthought.” — Martin Heidegger

A prince lies dying, having accomplished his vengeance, but being poisoned, he is slowly breathing his last. His best friend and witness to all the events is there, and he is commanded by his friend, by his prince, to speak. To tell his story, the tragedy of his life. But before his eyes shut, before he shuffles off his mortal coil he notes, “The rest is silence.” In so saying, he speaks his last and dies. There are no more words, words, words. There are no more possibilities. The story has been written.

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