I am taking a break from the comic strips, I think I got carried away, a little too much, with the idea. Going back to the serious stuff, here is what I have been reading:
You can probably tell by the eyes, the pipe and the grumpy face, this is Jean-Paul Sartre. This blog post is not going to introduce Sartre for you because Wikipedia can do that better. What this post is going to do is put down some questions about Sartre’s life and ponder over them.
We can also, obviously, look for answers later.
1. He was in a relationship with a die-hard feminist, Simone de Beauvoir, since 1929 and the affair lasted all his life, without ever becoming a wedlock. It eventually ended with his death in 1980. He called his relation with Simone ‘essential love’ and somehow such an intense relationship with a feminist did him no good. He depicted women as lesbians, baby-murderers and adulterers, in his books. There is no empowering female character in any of his books and they are never the lead either. Why so?
2. Sartre wanted to be a writer and by the end, he did not want to be a writer. Why so?
3. His concept of freedom clashes with his concept of God. This cannot be true for everyone. To believe that we are free does not depend on our rejection of the belief in God, besides I think these beliefs can be consistent. We can have a God and still be free. Now that is obviously possible in a number of ways. You can have a God that created you and has left you on your own.
Also, I must add that most religions suppose that there is going to be a heaven and hell after life on earth. This would only be possible if man is free. In this case too, Sartre would be right in saying “man is condemned to be free.”