Existentialism is a field of philosophy that grapples with human existence and flourished in post-war Europe in the 1940s and 1950s. Of course, these thinkers of human existence were also dealing with their own. Namely, that their lives were a bizarre shit-storm of mental breakdowns, drug-induced genius and tremendous backlash from the societies they lived in. Here are some of the stranger facts of the world’s most prominent existentialists. #1 Jean-Paul Sartre Was Literally Obsessed With Crabs. Also, Mescaline. Jean-Paul Sartre was an influential French philosopher and writer who famously declared that”Hell is other people,” and “Life is nausea.” When not caught up in his libertine sex life with fellow existentialist Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre tripped balls and spoke to crabs. In 1929, while he was attending France’s prestigious École Normale Supérieure, Sartre decided to try mescaline, a hallucinogenic drug similar to LSD . And unlike your pathetic “bad” trip, Sartre’s went to
It’s quite a job starting to love somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment, in the very beginning, when you have to jump across a precipice: if you think about it you don’t do it. I know I’ll never jump again.
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