So as I reread the end of chapter four I caught something which puzzles me. “It does, indeed, go against itself, and consume its own existence…as its labor elevates it into a new form.”(76) How?, why? would it consume its own existence? Doesn’t it want to become conscious of itself? Does it consume itself because it doesn’t yet know it’s true self? And again on page (78) he says, “That Spirit does not die a merely natural death.” Natural death according to who, nature because isn’t it separate from nature?
Another thing that crossed my mind and it may be off topic a bit, but what about when he talks about nature being an eternally repeated cycle. So if nature is a never ending cycle, and spirit needs to come to full self-consciousness through humanity; what about the fact that nature goes through ‘ice ages’ where it kills off all its own inhabitants. So, in this sense is Spirits goal of achieving full self-consciousness even achievable? Or am I way off by asking this question?