Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fun with Existentialism...

Recently, Matt and I have had some amazing conversations. Today, we were talking about poetry and philosophy. While relating to him that I feel like existentialism is realistic, and that though I fancy myself an objectivist, I also believe in a lot of what existentialism teaches, we had the following conversation...

Me: "Sartre and Camus were geniuses, they made some seriously astute points!"
Matt: "Sartre and Camus wrote down their ideas, became famous, and in so doing completely disproved their points!!"
Me: "..."

Yeah, what can you really say to that? Sartre believed that the only real value is internal, that man cannot be happy without external value and so finds happiness internally, yet he gave a great deal of external value to the world with his philosophy, contradicting his points entirely. Camus believed in the absurdity and meaningless of life, and death, but again, in making himself a pillar he renders his points contradictory.

By way of ending the conversation...

Matt: "If they really believed what they were writing, they'd have just ended their own lives in obscurity, their ideas going with them!!"

Damn him!  I hate it when he makes irrefutable points!!  This isn't the first time he's done this to me this week, he made a point about feminism that stopped me dead in my tracks yesterday.  He's on a roll!