Sunday, 2 September 2007

Avoiding angst

Let's say that the way to deal with ontological despair, with the mind-crushing inevitability of our personal and species extinctions, with the meaninglessnesses of existence, with the echoing horror and so forth, is simply not to think about it all too much. To put our mental energies into displacement activities; to let our eyes defocus just a bit and orient ourselves by the blur. Of course thinking too much is almost a three word definition of philosophy--pity the philosopher who thinks too little! But this does result, I suppose, in at the very least a professional conflict of interests.

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