The river rises, flows over its banks
and carries us all away, like mayflies
floating downstream: they stare at the sun,
then all at once there is nothing.
to The Sopranos
Melfii: Sounds to me like Anthony junior may have stumbled onto existentialism.
Tony: Fuckin’ internet!
Melfi: No, no, no. It’s a European philosophy.
Anthony Gottlieb returned students at New York’s New School to the good old days when philosophy was about the world – and it was meaningless.
And then there’s my favorite old existential philosopher joke:
Professor to inquiring student, “Are you talking about nothing as nothing or nothing as something?”
Ah, youth! Ah, meaningful despair!