Commenting on the inseparability of subjective and objective, Hannah Arendt said the following:
The worldliness of living things means that there is no subject that is not also an object and appears as such to somebody else, who guarantees their ‘objective’ reality. What we usually call ‘consciousness’, the fact that I am aware of myself and therefore in a sense can appear to myself, would never suffice to guarantee reality…Living beings, men and animals, are not just in the world, they are of the world, and this preceisely because they are subjects and objects – perceiving and being perceived – at the same time.
Since we arrive into and disappear from a world of appearances, Arendt argues that we can never elude it, even when we are engaged in mental processes such as thinking. There is no escaping the phenomenal world into a realm of objective truth which is somehow separate from our being in the world, unless we were:
…mere spectators, godlike creatures thrown into the world to look after it or enjoy it and be entertained by it, but in possession of some other region as our natural habitat.
These observations lead Arendt to doubt the separation that occurs in philosophy since Kant between true being and mere appearances, as though the things that we observe and participate in have real hidden causes that can be discovered.
Instead of being preoccupied with the base, or the true ground from which the world of appearances is supposed to spring, she says, is it not more plausible to conclude that what is truly meaningful in our world is to be found in the appearances? This is the world where we perceive and are perceived, subjective and objective arising together.