Clearly, being alive represents both a problem and a mystery. It should read as a truism that all beings have to relate to the practical problem of living. Life, in other words, is necessarily problematic. On the other hand it is man, more than anyone else, who is inclined to dwell on the mystery of living. Needless to say, we are the metaproblematic being per se.
It seems clear to me that the realm of having is identical with the realm of the
problematic – and at the same time, of course, with the realm where technics can
be used. The metaproblematic is in fact metatechnical. Every technic presupposes
a group of previously made abstractions which are the condition of its working;
it is powerless where full-blooded Being is in question.