being has two distinct conditions, being for itself and being in itself. being for itself is a sort of pre-reflective awareness. when i think about this state, i think that it would be like gaining awareness in uteri: a sort of Kantian intuition of being, colorless, shapless, smelless, yet still being, without the inward contemplation. being in itself is the phenomena we experience being to be. to consider, i take on the phenomenological view of knowledge and understanding. the being in itself Sartre insists, is neither active, nor passive.