It is an acknowledged fact that Heidegger is one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. Although he is a western philosopher, his thinking has both the aspects of western and eastern styles. Is-can-ought can capture some of the understandings of Heideggerian ethics. (Levinas and his followers would criticize that Heidegger doesn’t have an ethics. We won’t get into that controversy)
Is — It represents my present state;
Can — It represents my possibility
Ought — It represents my responsibility
According to a Heideggerian understanding, I am something today. I can become something (the authentic Arun) and I have the responsibility to become that. The term authentic Arun is not concept, but could be seen as a horizon/guiding light. Nobody else have achieved that. I need to keep on discovering it and it is a never ending process.
What is the meaning of authentic Arun? It is the time to think; but for Heidegger, it is not a concept, but a horizon, which is ever approachable, never attainable. I will write a little more about it in the next blog.
I am a Christian and I can be a Christian and I ought to be a Christian. It reveals the beauty of the dynamism of my identity called Christian. The dynamism prevents me to be fixated with a perfect definition of the identity. The extremely logical minds may find this structure-less structure a contradiction. Some can say authentic could be a relative concept and it may lead to a stage of anything can go. Probably when I write on heideggarian understanding of authenticity, it would be more clear. Till then, think of it. Put your comments if any..