We didn’t decide anything.
But somehow it happened.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Further conceive, I beg, that a stone, while
continuing in motion, should be capable of thinking and knowing, that it
is endeavoring, as far as it can, to continue to move. Such a stone,
being conscious merely of its own endeavor and not at all indifferent,
would believe itself to be completely free, and would think that it
continued in motion solely because of its own wish. This is that human
freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in
the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant
of the causes whereby that desire has been determined.
Could one imagine a stone's having consciousness? And if anyone can do
so—why should that not merely prove that such image-mongery is of no
interest to us? Wittgenstien PI / 390