Sunday, November 25, 2007

Garfield and Existentialism

©Jim Davis, 24/11/2007

"Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does" -- Jean-Paul Sartre, "Being and Nothingness"

"He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being" -- Jean-Paul Sartre, "The Age of Reason"


Anonymous said...

Man is free from nothing, notice he cannot fly?

LCC said...

Hmm... Interesting observation, Anonymous@11.07pm...

But if I am not wrong, when Sartre said that human beings are condemned to be free, he was referring to how they are free to choose what they want to do with their lives and who they want to become; he was not referring to whether human beings are free to fly (anyway, human beings can fly, with the help of airplanes & helicopters, of course).

"Existence precedes essence" -- Sartre

"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself" -- George Bernard Shaw

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