Jean-Paul Sartre, born June 21, 1905, in Paris, France, is the philosopher, novelist, and playwright, best known as the leading exponent of existentialism in the 20th century. In 1964 he declined the Nobel Prize for Literature, which had been awarded to him “for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of… Continue reading The Life You Give: Jean-Paul Sartre *VI 21 1905
“The Human Crisis” — lecture by Albert Camus, in New York, on March 28 1946
Ladies and Gentlemen: when I was invited to give a series of lectures in the United States of America, I felt some doubt and hesitation. I am really not old enough to give lectures, and I am more at ease with the process of thinking than I am making categorical statements... since I don’t feel… Continue reading “The Human Crisis” — lecture by Albert Camus, in New York, on March 28 1946
Happy Birthday, Albert Camus! 1913
“It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.”*
My father, lovingly, forced me to think but I am not a philosopher. During my upbringing I was taught to trust, believe. I do but filled with questions because I believe in the intellect which dwells on beauty and the ugly alike — perhaps the fruit of thinking. I surrender increasingly to the vibrancy of… Continue reading “It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.”*
Make-believe Situation I: You are a wise man
I am a thirteen year young man; You see an intellectual and spiritual hunger in my eyes; You have minutes to inspire, guide, shake me: What would you say to me?
perhaps this “self” is a mere catalyst of what I perceive, of how I perceive, of the memories within me, and all that surrounds me It is not an I — rather the compilation second by second of what transpires through me and my relaying it to others and to myself.
There is a spiritual, intellectual, and animalistic importance in our mere existence.
You grow, you bear fruit
Simple. Grow. Bear fruit.