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Man’s Inhumanity to Man

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Meaning might sometimes be ennobling, but it is always reductive.  Like a painting with a point or a movie with a message, a life saddled with meaning becomes nothing more than a vehicle for something external:  Save the whales.  Save the planet.  Saving your life by defining it into non-existence.

A guy walks into a bar and instantly becomes some other guy's punchline. 

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