"For this consciousness has been fearful, not of this or that particular
thing or just at odd moments, but its whole being has been seized with
dread; for it has experienced the fear of death, the absolute Lord. In
that experience it has been quite unmanned, has trembled in every
fibre of its being, and everything solid and stable has been shaken to
its foundations. But this pure universal movement, the absolute
melting-away of everything stable, is the simple, essential nature of
self-consciousness, absolute negativity..."