Mr. Sensitive

July 23, 2011

Fashion God vs. Thunder God

Filed under: Uncategorized — lbej @ 10:29

I spent a lot of time reading Existentialist writers when I was a teenager; I read Being And Time, Being And Nothingness, Fear And Trembling, and I have a very vivid memory of spending a whole summer day locked in the guest room adjoining Nan and Pop’s bedroom in their North Shore Point compound reading The Stranger and feeling really alienated and special.  Then I graduated from high school.  Existentialism is a useful philosophical infusion for a young person, so long as you understand that you’re still going to want to have tasty food and a nice place to relax and probably some babies later on in life, and that it’s okay to want those things.  If you’re not careful, you might misconstrue the point of Existentialism as self-indulgent moral ambivalence, when in fact the message is actually one of inescapable personal responsibility for the moral content of every decision.  Anguish–which I love as a concept–is the knowledge that your choices cannot be validated by any external authority, and the burdens you create by making bad choices can never be borne by anyone but you.  I happen to like it that way.  After all, the only burdens that imaginary beings can lift from your shoulders are imaginary ones.  If properly understood, existentialism ought to make a person more conscientious, not less.  It’s not nihilism at all.  There is tremendous value in our lives, and it’s value that we create ourselves.  But some people refuse to understand.  People like Mercurio here.


He’s spent a lot of time on his costume–time well spent, I say–but he hasn’t resolved any of his existential dilemmas.  Thor, who is every studly football player and pretty cheerleader from your high school (all in one!), doesn’t give a shit.



How to philosophize with a hammer, indeed.  I often wonder if I would still be muttering stark insanities myself if my own pretty cheerleader hadn’t re-introduced me to the circle of life (with help from The Lion King).  Timing is everything.  I mean, fashion is everything, but timing is a close second.



  1. I love this post very much.

    Comment by Marcus — July 23, 2011 @ 17:34 | Reply

  2. I love it too!

    Comment by nicole — July 24, 2011 @ 01:31 | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: