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Wet Spider Web   Leave a comment

Wet Spider Web By Spillway — Image by kenne

“I’d come to realize that all our troubles spring from our failure to use plain, clear-cut language.”

― Jean-Paul Satre

Dragonfly Art   2 comments

Red-veined Darter Dragonfly– Photo-Artistry by kenne

“The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life,
the clearer we should see through it.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre

Cactus Digital Art — Existing in Absurdity   2 comments

Barrel Cactus-3522 art blogCactus Digital Art — by kenne

Life, art, and logic are full of absurdities of various kinds.
We conceptualize absurdities when we
discuss square circles and circular squares.
It is art that is able to provide a mediator
between the strange and the real.


“The creative act is only an incomplete and abstract moment in the production of a work.”

— Jean-Paul Sartre


Suitcase — Grunge Art   Leave a comment

colored-pipe-1-of-1-art-iii-blogSuitcase — Computer Art by kenne

Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess.
All which I abandon, all which I give,
I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away.
To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.

— Jean-Paul Sartre

Wildflower Digital Art   Leave a comment

Bearded penstemon (1 of 1) art blogWildflower Digital Art (Bearded penstemon) by kenne

“There is no art except for and by others.”

— Jean-Paul Sartre


An Object Of My Consciousness — Double Bayou BBQ   Leave a comment

Double Bayou BBQ — Image by kenne

Consciousness is consciousness of something. This means that transcendence is the constitutive structure of consciousness;

that is that consciousness emerges supported by a being which is not itself.”  Jean-Paul Sartre

Capturing The Moment — Existing Because I Think   3 comments

“Watching Time Go By” — Image by kenne

I capture the moment
So to live in the now.
Existing because I think,
Always seeking answers
For the human condition —
Locked in a Sartre room,
Holding the key, yet
Unwilling to take up the torch
By creating solutions.
Only to expressed
Reality in the abstract
Acting out passion
Before it is felt.


Posted August 11, 2011 by kenneturner in Capturing the Moment, Philosophy, Photography, Poetry

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Existential Fear   3 comments


Let’s not join the chorus of those predicting our economic end.  It is easy to succumb to the siren song of fear.

Twentieth-century existential philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote, Being and Nothingness. In it, Sartre takes the position that “self” exist in a material universe (Being), but our consciousness does not exist in a state of cohabitation with the body.  Consciousness provides freedom, which gives us an infinite potential for the future.  However, it is our presence in time that makes us finite and ignorant.  As a result, our consciousness can perceive that which is not but could be (Nothingness).  Sartre believed that human existence is a condition of nothingness, which allows for conscious choices within our being.

It is this dichotomy that causes fear (existential fear or “angst” – a Kierkegaard term) since our subjective choices (in the present) represents a limit to our conscious thoughts.  As a result, we (humans) tend to free our fear through activities designed to take us toward some meaningful end.  This freeing can take on many forms, all of which involve immersing oneself into things in our day-to-day experience (being).  We, therefore, escape this threat of non-being by immersing oneself in being, i.e., reading a book, watching TV, listening to music, etc.  Doing so doesn’t create a state of being fearless, but serves as a rest area in our existential fear.

To be without fear would suggest the worse possible existence (psychological).  The more we try to reduce or eliminate fear, the more we become aware of fear, a form of fear about fear. So, the proper response to fear is to stop being fearful of fear.  Another well-known existentialist, Soren Kierkegaard, believed that the best way to deal with fear is to learn to face it courageously.  “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”  (FDR’s First Inaugural Address)

The question is, “Do we have the courage to be?” Only each individual can truly answer this question.



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