“… [T]he problem is to know how to conceive of a grammar of the shared situation…. For this it is necessary to make a distinction between participation in the elemental and the need for simplification. In the latter case, a reduction of complexity is involved, and therefore the intellect performs a sort of self-defense, which works through efficient simplifications to enhance its capacity for action in the face of opacity, even if these simplifications are really frightful. With reductions of complexity, you can only choose between the terrible and the not-so-terrible.
“In participation-in-situation, things look completely different. At issue is participation in the complex itself. This type of participation is for us always accomplished. It is the original date, precisely since we are always ‘in-the-world’ or in shared situations. We therefore set out from a position of our full implication in the complex. When you participate in the elemental, you are in the world like a fish in water, but although the terms “fish” and “water” stand for immense complexities, the effect of participation, for its part, in not problematic. Participation in the complex is the simplest; it is the basic situation, of which it can be said that we cannot realize it, other than in the mode of being in the middle of it…”
– Peter Sloterdijk, quoted in NEITHER SUN NOR DEATH (English edition 2011)