Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Existence

EXISTENCE, n.

A transient, horrible, fantastic dream,
Wherein is nothing yet all things do seem:
From which we're wakened by a friendly nudge
Of our bedfellow Death, and cry: "O fudge!"

2007 Update: Rusted eternity.

"To be or not to be?" asked he,
Answered the Danish ghosts' lobby:
"Living is without holiday,
To the dead being is more of a hobby."

27 comments:

al said...

Existence: I post, therefore I am?

Elbot said...

Someone said "To be or not to be" to me once. I answered: "This is not a soliloquy! It is a dialogue between man and machine!"

Omnipotent Poobah said...

existence: A former istence...It's all so much clearer to me now.

Mutha said...

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

John Lennon

puppybrose said...

Existence: the shortest distance between "I Am Here" and "I Am Gone".

karma said...

now you see me,
now you

I Dive At Night said...

Existence: A condition or infliction of pressence not entirely understood and still often debated. Temporary in nature.

Existence: The brief moment between before-being and having been.

Jamie Dawn said...

You said "bastards" in your return comment yeserday.
That would make for an interesting word of the day.
Things could get ugly.

In Philosophy, I learned that I exist, but that it may just be my mind that exists and everything else is made up by my mind. It was pure genius of me to create this blogging thing and to make up so many fascinating blog buddies. You can thank me for your very existence.
:-)

Brian said...

A famished existence
Held behind wire
Caged

TLP said...

Existence: No exit.

Doug said...

Al, post and you will be. Dicto ergo sum?

Clever, my shakespearean android friend.

Poobah, you're approaching omniscience.

Death, too, apparently, Mutha.

Linear thinking is the virtue of those who can't hold their drinks, Neva.

Whatever happened to Karma?

Morgan, you're running with Neva today, I see. Who are these people arguing over existence? That actually is the question.

Jamie Dawn, would it have been too much to ask to give me a clean morning.

Brian, Haiku therefore I am.

TLP, are you channeling Sartre again? Is that some kind of Unitarian ritual?

the amoeba said...

EXISTENCE, n. And we wonder how come so many of us need blood pressure medication.

quilly said...

EXISTENCE n. that brief tension which separates life from death.

Kyahgirl said...

the cynicism is oozing nicely today :-)

G said...

I can't read this word without thinking of a certain teacher who chided the troublemakers with "you don't know you're in existence!" Actually, she was my sister's nun, Sister AnnMarie.

I've always aimed to at least appear that I knew I existed from that point onward.

Doug said...

Amoeba, fatigo ergo sum? (I used an online translator)

Quilly, at least it's thin.

Kyahgirl, I'm going to optimistically see if your presence here means you've posted.

G, Sister Ann Marie was a real philosopher, wasn't she?

ariel said...

Geez, Karma, your 6 words tell everything about existence, the world we live in and life in general. I'm stunned.

ariel said...

Although you didn't do verifier, lazy chick.

the amoeba said...

Say what, Dawg? I datamine therefore I am?

You worry too much. I recommend a night out.

:P

tsduff said...

“Passion doesn't look beyond the moment of its existence.”
Christian Nevell Bovee

Aren't you glad passion is so wise?

actonbell said...

That's right--life is short. Where's the party?

Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
Who was very rarely stable.

Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
Who could think you under the table.

David Hume could out-consume
Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, [some versions have 'Schopenhauer and Hegel']

And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel.

There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya
'Bout the raising of the wrist.
Socrates, himself, was permanently pissed.

John Stuart Mill, of his own free will,
On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.

Plato, they say, could stick it away--
Half a crate of whisky every day.

Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle.
Hobbes was fond of his dram,

And René Descartes was a drunken fart.
'I drink, therefore I am.'

Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed,
A lovely little thinker,
But a bugger when he's pissed.

--Eric Idle

karma said...

Ariel, i kinda went blank

altjpikf: alternately, just pink floyd

Minka said...

existence,n. functional anatomy

The OE said...

Existence: What happens when one aggravates someone with whom they were in a personal relationship having strong emotional ties

Doug said...

Ariel, way to make a figment work for her imagination.

Amoeba, going out is too much work.

Terry, I'll take your word for it.

Actonbell, I just saw the Australian Philosophy Club Drinking Song the other day. I'm glad Eric Idle wrote it.

Karma, that's the ticket. You've been verified.

I digest, therefore I am, Minka?

OE, I'm starting to suspect the O is for Omnipotent.

cooper said...

Sacrebleu, where is my comment?

It was not that great, something about Philosophy giving me a headache, but I comment therefore I am...therefore, in this case at least, I'm not.

Cheesemeister said...

These are great! I especially love that second one.