a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.
Word note from Apple dictionary:
In post–World War II New York, existentialism seemed sexy, bohemian, and antiacademic. It was an “action philosophy,” a survivor’s answer to nihilistic despair, and it went well with berets and saxophones, Abstract Expressionists in cold water lofts, and heroes of novels searching for authenticity in a universe of chance. For a certain extraordinary period of time, everyone wanted to be existential. Not everyone knew what this meant exactly, but everyone wanted the distinction. Misused and overused, the very word existential began to function as a sort of highbrow condiment of choice, the squiggle of French mustard that spiced up the hot dog of a banal observation. It was irresistible. To Norman Mailer,existential signified the cool of John F. Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in 1960—ormaybe it meant a mutual climax achieved by anal intercourse. If you wore sunglasses in the subway and listened to Miles Davis, you were probably existential.Such perhaps is the fate of certain avant-gardemovements in art or thought. They arrive with the intent tomove heaven and earth, and after they’ve gone, what they leave is their faded stylishness, and it’s the same old hardearth, and heaven’s as remote as ever.— DL
I wish I knew DL. This is great.
I usually eat alone, this is so spot on I want to cry. I wish I knew who the artist was.
The truest truth I’ve seen in a minute.
If you are really a wit, remember that in conversation its true office consists more in finding it in others, than showing off a great deal of it yourself. He who goes out of your company pleased with himself is sure to be pleased with you.
Music for greatness.
If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
I’m doing some volunteer work for an NGO called African Legends, managing their social media. The basic goal of the NGO is to provide extra-lessons/extra-curricular activities/skills to underprivileged kids.
To start with, I’ll be adding inspirational content to the page (of the sort below), and as I get more involved, I’ll be adding more stuff to do with the kids.
Have a look at the Facebook page HERE, hopeful you’ll LIKE it (geddit?!)
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
― Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She was one of the founders and the political leader of National Patriotic Front of Liberia, the warlord Charles Taylor’s party. She placed second in the 1997 presidential election won by Charles Taylor. She won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006, and she was a successful candidate for re-election in 2011. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.
She was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen. The women were recognized “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”
Bata children after their first communion, Equatorial Guinea, 1989