It is the intention of this project to draw a connection between the gestures born of the interaction between the man’s hands and the lion’s paws and the concept of profound boredom as described by Heidegger, who posited an analogy between the stupor of the animal and boredom, an emotional state which the philosopher considered essential for any philosophising to take place. Heidegger analyses boredom to understand what the world means to human beings, distinguishing for that purpose the natural environment from the human environment. Animals live in an environment in the sense that they do not have a relationship with entities as such, but only as disinhibitors activating their specific instincts; the essence of things escapes them. Animals are befuddled and absorbed by their environment, continuously urged as they are by multiple instincts. Human beings live in a world, or rather they construct their world because, unlike animals, they do not possess specialized instincts and are not enveloped in an environment that acts like a prosthesis. However, the emotional state of boredom reveals how the relationship of human beings with the world can be closer to that of animals with the natural environment. The German philosopher claims that when this state of mind occurs, ‘being’ as such disappears, that is, it retreats in profound boredom, having nothing more to say to us, and leaves us empty. Being retreats leaving us empty, and we are suspended in time, which fails to be articulated in past, present and future, the modalities that punctuate the rhythm of our actions. Time befuddles and imprisons us in its disarticulated essence, and while we are in this condition of inactivity it throws back at us all of our unrealised possibilities. In this sense boredom can be considered as the best expression of the concept of potentiality, so much so that Heidegger refers to “super-power”.
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