— Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
Spending some quality time with Sartre and his Being and Nothingness. Challenging book, but undoubtedly among the timeless philosophies. I’m not enjoying myself reading it, but I enjoy the fact that I feel this way…
We encounter the true ideal of loves’ enterprise: alienated freedom. But it is the one who wants to be loved who by the mere fact of wanting someone to love him alienates his freedom…Each one is alienated only to the exact extent to which he demands the alienation of the other. Each one wants the other to love him but does not take into account the fact that to love is to want to be loved and that thus by wanting the other to love him, he only wants the other to want to be loved in turn.
We can not…perceive and imagine simultaneously…I should willingly say here: we can not perceive the world and at the same time apprehend a look fastened upon us; it must be either one or the other. This is because to perceive is to look at, and to apprehend a look is not to apprehend a look-as-object in the world (unless the look is not directed upon us); it is to be conscious of being looked at.