First, we have the beginning of our existence initiated for us, something toward which – for want of existence or of self-awareness – we can take up neither an attitude of consent nor one of rejection. Then, should we wish, decades later – tired of living, or incurably or mortally sick – to cease existing and thus, finally, to draw the heteronomy of our existence’s beginning back within the “catchment area” of our autonomy, it very often happens that we have a continuance in existence decreed and prescribed to us, this time too entirely without our consent.

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