and finds itself carried to a universal value
that makes it escape from the strictly ego form of the ego. It is, nonetheless
only through intention that the formless ego becomes
self-consciousness. Thus the ego is a transient fact, not only as a result of its
chance birth and its approaching death, but also because
the process that determines it is also the one that
exhausts it. it is impossible even to reach
a clear distinction between determination and
exhaustion. The determined ego is, by the sheer fact
of determination, an exhausted ego."
Georges Bataille, Critique of Heidegger
from Bataille's original manuscript, Biblioteque Nationale de France (trs Stefanos Geroulanos).
In October 117, Summer 2006.