Reflections in White Water - I was, at first, inclined to write about running away from my mistakes to the protective arms of New York City. But it snowed today. I forgot about all that had happened, and just took in the beauty. That is the power of New York. To one moment seem unbearable, and the next, make you believe that you are more than just a solitary human among a vast universe. Were we that insignificant, God would not waste his time onRead more
Representation as Misrepresentation: Ethics as the Source of Evil - NB: The definition of ‘evil’ that will be used henceforth is “immoral and malevolent.” For the sake of argumentation, I will not address the question of what “evil” is beyond this definition. Immanuel Kant contributed much to philosophy. His ideas provide a foundation for many of our present day arguments. Among other works, he is famous for his Critique of Pure Reason as well as his Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals. Adolf Eichmann is famous for standing trial asRead more
The Language of Torture - This paper was originally written in French and has been translated into English for THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS The Algerian Question Europeans once made up the urban middle classes in Algeria. Muslims (of which there were eight times the number of Europeans) were poorer and less educated, and there existed political inequality. Algerian nationalism was formed in part by the National Liberation Front (NLF), which was comprised of those who wanted to take revolutionary measures. In 1954, the NLFRead more
Why Should We Not Feel Anxiety About Death? - Death can only harm in the anxiety it creates in life. That is to say, treating death as consciousness of one’s annihilation creates apprehension in the minds of the living. One should not treat death as consciousness of his annihilation, but annihilation of his consciousness. In doing so, the anxiety created due to the understanding of death as consciousness of one’s annihilation is destroyed. Death is not harmful in itself–meaning that Death is not harmful in death, where “death” isRead more
Subway - I rode the subway today with no destination in mind. With me were three people I did not know that had met up randomly during our individual attempts to complete the same physics lab. I watched the doors open urgently as if to vomit out the passengers. The crowd. And the loneliness. My three companions headed toward the same unknown as I, searching for honesty–for a clarification to a question that none of us can formulate. Perhaps finding the answerRead more