Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Do Be Do Be Do

I am reading Richard Precht's first philosophy book, "Who Am I? And if so, How Many?" which my husband's Aunt recommended to me. It is proving a very entertaining read. I particularly like Precht's quote from a plaque on a Greek Taverna wall, which said

"To be is to do - Socrates
"To do is to be - Sartre
"Do Be Do Be Do - Sinatra" (Precht, 2011, p. 247).

Precht takes this to mean that life is not so simple as Socrates' view that being is the same as doing, nor Satre's that doing means we are; but that our lives are a constant iterative creation of doing and becoming, doing and becoming; that we can invent who we become.

I like that :-)

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