The distinction between a “first” and a “second” birth of human beings is here introduced. The first birth is their physical or bodily birth; the second is their birth as political beings, which makes them subject to government as well as capable of civilization. In both modes of existence, the configurations or Gestalten of human life are Gestalten of power. The “Political” properly speaking, though not found in the bodily existence of human beings, is nonetheless pre-formed in it, and this is why to exist means for human beings to govern creatively.
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