chronicles of existentialism Archive

Sep

24

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“And if this be madness in the multitude, it is the same in every particular man. For as in the midst of the sea, though a man perceive no sound of that part of the water next him, yet he is well assured that part contributes as much to the roaring of the sea as any other part of the same quantity: so also, though we perceive no great unquietness in one or two men, yet we may be well assured that their singular passions are parts of the seditious roaring of a troubled nation.”

– Thomas Hobbes, The Leviathan

What about the roaring of a toilet? Our tipster said that this toilet was flushing continuously for over 30 minutes. Is this a symbol of the student body’s rising frustration with Facilities/the Columbia bureaucracy in general?

Sep

20

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“Come, [NSOP bracelet], you too must die. Why moan about it so? / Even Patroclus died, a far, far better man than you.” – Homer, The Iliad

If we had done our Iliad reading when we were actually supposed to, maybe we could have found comfort in the wise words of Homer. Instead, we found this abandoned NSOP bracelet.

It's just part of the decor, really.

Besides this lost bracelet that clearly just realized NSOP is over, we have all escaped from that dreadful wonderful week. Consider it a rite of passage.

 

Sep

7

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Spotted in the Watt lobby:

“Nothing is permanent in this world — not even our troubles” – Charlie Chaplin

“I knew you were trouble when you walked in” – Taylor Swift

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Apr

28

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A sign at the Pupin plaza construction this morning led pedestrians to an imaginary pedestrian detour.

“There’s a difference between knowing the Path and walking the Path” – The Matrix

A prison for your mind. Also just annoying.

Apr

15

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“To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.”

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime & Punishment

The door is there. But what is a door without a handle? The door is there. But what is a door without a handle?

Dec

11

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As classes end and real studying begins, it is easy to get stuck in your head.  Especially when you’ve been doing readings all day.  Seemingly innocuous boards turn into something much more significant as the layers of meaning come to life and confound through what you learned in Psych 101.  After all: Life is the same. We give meaning to life based on our point of view.

 

May

7

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The Dark Night holds many mysteries, not least among them the delibility of chalk.

The following sentence is true.
The following sentence is true.
The following sentence is true.
The first sentence in this list is false.

Did the chalk last through the night?

Feb

14

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“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.”

-Jean-Paul Sartre


I just can't get a handle on things

Jan

20

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“A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.”

–Jean-Paul Sartre

Purchased by a hapless tipster at Rite Aid.

Jan

17

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“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Pasta for some reason falls under the "fried foods" at Westside.


Dec

19

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Overseen in Carman, hanging in the balance:

“Bodies are not the same as Coca-Cola cans.” –Arthur Caplan

Look upon my works, ye mighty and despair

Nov

30

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“Accepting the absurdity of everything around us is one step, a necessary experience: it should not become a dead end. It arouses a revolt that can become fruitful.”

– Albert Camus

Spotted in Fayerweather

Nov

23

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“To declare that existence is absurd is to deny that it can ever be given a meaning; to say that it is ambiguous is to assert that its meaning is never fixed, that it must be constantly won. Absurdity challenges every ethics; it is because man’s condition is ambiguous that he seeks, through failure and outrageousness, to save his existence.”

– Simone de Beauvoir

Photo tipped by Westside Cheese Aisle Goddess Maggie Alden

Nov

12

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“Where is it I’ve read that someone condemned to death says or think, an hour before his death, that if he had to live on some high rock, on such a narrow ledge that he’d only room to stand, and the ocean, everlasting darkness, everlasting solitude, everlasting tempest around him, if he had to remain standing on a square yard of space all his life, a thousand years, eternity, it were better to live so than to die at once! Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!”

-Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Why look out when you can look in? asks former Bwog Editrix Eliza Shapiro

Oct

29

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“Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.” 

-Friedrich Nietzsche

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