“Life has no meaning a priori. Before you live it, life is nothing, but it is for you to give it a meaning. Value is nothing other than this meaning which you choose.”—Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness, 1943 (via ruinawish)
“If the world were a paradise of luxury and ease, a land flowing with milk and honey, where every Jack obtained his Jill at once and without any difficulty, men would either die of boredom or hang themselves; or there would be wars, massacres, and murders; so that in the end mankind would inflict more suffering on itself than it has now to accept at the hands of Nature.”—Arthur Schopenhauer, Studies in Pessimism (via digitalpidgin)
UPDATE: To the apologists who believe tacking on the caveat “I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that” after saying “rape happens for a reason” somehow negates the utter backwardness of saying “rape happens for a reason”: It doesn’t.
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”—Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (via preambles)
Voicemail Message of the Day: Long story short, Joe Sabia, who you might remember from putting together that delightful Law & Order: UK promo for BBC America with a little help from actual Law & Order voiceover guy Steve Zirnkilton, convinced Steve to record a voicemail message for his buddy Chase.
Hmm. Perhaps I should look into this whole “having friends” thing.
“In order to increase his pleasures, man has intentionally added to the number and pressure of his needs, which in their original state were not much more difficult to satisfy than those of the brute. Hence luxury in all its forms; delicate food, the use of tobacco and opium, spirituous liquors, fine clothes, and the thousand and one things than he considers necessary to his existence.”—Studies in Pessimism, by Arthur Schopenhauer, Translated by T. Bailey Saunders (via fuckyeahexistentialism)