In the age of the world’s night, the abyss of the world must be experienced and endured. But for this it is necessary that there be those who reach into the abyss.
Night is falling […] the world’s night is spreading its darkness. The era is defined by the god’s failure to arrive, by the “default of God”. […] Because of this default, there fails to appear for the world the ground that grounds it. The word for abyss-Abground-originally means the soil and ground toward which, because it is undermost, a thing tends downward. But in what follows we shall think of the Ab- as the complete absence of the ground. The ground is the soil in which to strike root and to stand. The age for which the ground fails to come, hangs in the abyss.
* Gordon Newton