This recollection is a tribute to the god Janus. Janus is a pivoting symbol of gate keeping, whose major characteristic is not that he can see in opposite directions at the same time, but that he manages to merge seemingly contradictory categories into a meaningful whole; in the same evaluating glance of the present he can catch a glimpse both of those pasts which once were, and of those futures which have yet to come.
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Notes and References
- 1.K. Marx and F. Engels, The German Ideology, ed. C.J. Arthur (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1970).Google Scholar