Georges Bataille

'We are not essential to the world which has an existance that is independant of us.It would exist had we not been born and continue to exist after we have died. And yet this world, as we perceive it, is only concievable in terms of our own existance. For us it exists only through our perception of it. Though we may sense it as alien to us, still it is only through our own sensibility which begins with our bodily experience that it is made real. Separate though we may be from the world, we remain essentially matter, that is we are made as the same stuff as the world'

Georges Bataille (1897-1962)