“Julian Marías* teaches that the essential formula of every philosophical thesis is not just ‘A is B’ but ‘A IS NOT C but B’.
I will never forget what I learned from Hegel: in every human action, the negative part comes first.
All this was already in the Bible: do not put new wine in old bottles. Only God can create something out of nothing. Every human action starts by removing a preexisting obstacle. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” means: everything starts badly.”
* Julián Marías, one of the most important Spanish philosophers of the 20th century. For more on him: https://www.questia.com/…/1061844…/a-biography-of-philosophy