John asked, "can one be joyfully existential?" Good question!
As a Christian existentialist (along the lines of Kierkegaard, Tillich, and
Flannery O'Conner), I think yes, you can be a joyful existentialist - at
times (not always!). I believe "shit happens," but "grace happens" too.
Even Sartre said he had never experienced despair - he recognized the
absurdity of life, but he found such recognition empowering, not despairing.
This is a great discussion! "Existentialist" does not always equal "noir,"
but they do overlap at times.
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Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: "Grimly Existential" as Opposed to "Noir" (Was: Re: RARA-AVIS:
Re: Noir Comic Book)
> In a message dated 11/10/08 9:20:29 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> I guess to me noir is more of a sensibility, a style, or an outlook
>> instead of a mere collection of plot ingredients that must go into a
>> given title so it can be stocked in the correct bookshelf.
> yeah, me too. it's a worldview. a grimly existential one. although
> "grimly" and "existential" is kind of redundant, isn't it? can one be
> existential? philosophy wonks, weigh in
> John Lau
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