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Page 23 7 neurosis (the repetitioncompulsion of obsessionality), on the other. So it is in any case a classic instance of a reader who speaks most of someone where he speaks least about him by name. For the two poles of Benjamin's thinking would seem at first glance to collapse squarely into what Nietzsche designates as two most powerful versions of the ascetic ideal, two versions of a life denying herd mentality in its most debased form. Let alone the very great political differences between Benjamin and Heidegger—nowhere more so, of course, than during the 1930's, a time when all these issues press particularly hard.
11 Failed insofar as Nietzsche's own sense of eternity ends up, according to Heidegger, collapsing the ecstatic modalities of time into the standing "sameness" of the present, committing Nietzsche despite himself to the vulgar conception of time as a static series of nowpoints, together with the metaphysics of subjectivity that such a conception always harbors. Late to be speaking of "redemption" and of the amor fati and of the ways in which such affirmation and such forgetting frees redemption from the specter of revenge.
Such death is the untimeliness that marks every time, shatters every moment of affirmation, limits every triumph of every will. Reactive irritability becomes the conformism which is elsewhere the mark of pity: an intolerance to resistance (Widerstand), a warning against (Widerraten) resistance (Widerstreben), a resistance to resistance. It would be, indeed, to think the perpetual pastness of the "it was": beyond recuperation, beyond affirmation, beyond the eternal stamp of presence: a pastness without appeasement, a passage without harmony, the site of a repetition without recompense.