Wednesday Philosophical Query #6

From Simone de Beauvoir’s The Ethics of Ambiguity:

It must not be forgotten that there is a concrete bond between freedom and existence; to will man free is to will there to be being, it is to will the disclosure of being in the joy of existence; in order for the idea of liberation to have a concrete meaning, the joy of existence must be asserted in each one, at every instant; the movement toward freedom assumes its real, flesh and blood figure in the world by thickening into pleasure, into happiness.  If the satisfaction of an old man drinking a glass of wine counts for nothing, then production and wealth are only hollow myths; they have meaning only if they are capable of being retrieved in individual and living joy.  The saving of time and the conquest of leisure have no meaning if we are not moved by the laugh of a child at play.  If we do not love on our own account an through others, it is futile to seek to justify it in any way.

Lots here to ponder and discuss.

Kyle Cupp

Kyle Cupp is a freelance writer who blogs about culture, philosophy, politics, postmodernism, and religion. He is a contributor to the group Catholic blog Vox Nova. Kyle lives with his wife, son, and daughter in North Texas. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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2 Responses

  1. Rodak says:

    For me, the two key terms leading to liberation and concomitant joy are “sufficiency” and “contentment.”

  2. Chris says:

    I don’t have anything to say, other than that this connects nicely with a discussion going on over at the main site. So I’ll just say man, Beauvoir was awesome. Thanks for this one.