SPIEGEL: Fine. Now the question naturally arises: Can the individual man in any way still influence this web of fateful circumstance? Or, indeed, can philosophy influence it? Or can both together influence it, insofar as philosophy guides the individual, or several individuals, to a determined action?
Heidegger: If I may answer briefly, and perhaps clumsily, but after long
reflection: philosophy will be unable to effect any immediate change in
the current state of the world. This is true not only of philosophy but
of all purely human reflection and endeavor. Only a god can save us.
The only possibility available to us is that by thinking and poetizing
we prepare a readiness for the appearance of a god, or for the absence
of a god in [our] decline, insofar as in view of the absent god we are
in a state of decline.