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…

Friday GIF: Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson performing in Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness, a four-part reflection in dance of a key theme in Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy.

Being and Nothingness makes its world premiere on May 30. Click here for more information on the upcoming mixed programme titled Ratmansky & Côté.

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.
—  Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness
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.
—  Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness
Nikki Giovanni, "Being and Nothingness"

(to quote a philosopher)

i haven’t done anything
meaningful in so long
it’s almost meaningful
to do nothing

i suppose i could fall in love
or at least in line
since i’m so discontented
but that takes effort
and i don’t want to exert anything
neither my energy nor my emotions

i’ve always prided myself
on being a child of the sixties
and we are all finished
so that makes being

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