the existentialist

the worst is when a movie is about space and it turns into an existentialist look  humanity rather than aliens u dont need to leave this dirt orb to examine ur relationship w ur daughter show me some tentacles

But like Dan and Phil are legitimately so smart.


Dan is such an existentialist and he thinks about death and oblivion and he teaches himself the piano and he’s honestly so brilliant.

He’ll says things that are so intellectual and meaningful and it’s just astonishing.


And Phil, he’s just so innovative and creative and he’s just so amazingly outgoing.

He’s always just so positive and I feel like he would just spend hours mindlessly doodling and then go create something beautiful and deep.

He has his bachelors degree in English Literature and Linguistics and I feel like people don’t know how difficult that is to get but it’s fucking difficult.


They’re both just so ingenious and I feel like we don’t realize that often enough.

Why is Dan so cynical? Do you think I’m cynical? … I don’t believe in ghosts, I don't believe in many things that aren’t proven by science. Does that make me cynical? I don’t think that makes me cynical? I’m quite a positive, outwardly, you know like inwardly negative, inwardly existential and self-deprecating, outwardly wholesome. That’s life. “That’s not cynical, that’s logical.” There we go. Thank you, you with the accurate definition. Yeah, I’m very logical, so if something doesn’t really make sense in this universe, I don’t really think *giggles*  that it’s true. … If anything is my thing, I think it the whole existential crisis aspect that is my entire universe, so if anything that should be something with my content that I should try to reflect more of. … “Are you a nihilist?” I’m not, no I’m more of an existentialist. I think that nihilism, which is kind of the belief in nothing and doom and gloom, circles back to existentialism, which means that if you’re a nihilist and you believe that nothing has any meaning… If nothing has any meaning, therefore there is no rules that need to be followed, your human behaviour, you know society is all irrelevant because nothing has any meaning… What that means, is that everything has equal meaning because if nothing has any meaning or any reason for existing  then everything has equal meaning, which means that if you chose something or if you like something then that has meaning. So for me it’s not about being hopeless, it’s kind of like the inspiring thing that, you know, if you’re an existentialist you think that whatever you believe in is, you know, what’s important, because if nothing has any meaning then it’s up to you to just decide what’s important to you and that is exciting. So you see what I mean? It’s like it sounds really doom and gloom but it comes from a wholesome place, so it’s that dichotomy   of everything being pointless and therefore also inspiring “love thy neighbour” and enjoy holding doors open for people. That what I’m all about to be honest.
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@danielhowell​ during his live show on the 6th of June 2017

Quotes from Dan (55/?)

Go on a journey as Dan becomes a philosopher, who discusses cynicism, logic, nihilism and existentialism. 

I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in … but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.
—  Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir try a carnival shooting game together in 1929. This is the earliest known photo of this philosophical power couple, who helped to pioneer existentialist and feminist thought. The couple stayed together for over 50 years, never marrying and maintaining an open relationship.