I'm drinking my black coffee and getting a kick out of this joke:
Jean-Paul Sartre was sitting at a café table working. A waiter approached him and asked,If coffee with cream is better than coffee with milk, would coffee without cream be better than coffee without milk? Hmmm...
"Can I get you something to drink, Monsieur Sartre?"
"Yes, I’d like a cup of coffee with no cream," the philosopher replied.
A few minutes later the waiter returned and said,
"I’m sorry, Monsieur Sartre, we are all out of cream. How about with no milk?"
It is fun to play with ideas.
I know Sartre best as a playwright, especially of No Exit. In that play, the 3 characters have all died and are locked together in a room for all eternity. You can read this one-act play here. Harold Pinter stars in this British television adaptation (via Youtube):
"How shall I endure my own company?"
"A man is what he wills himself to be."
Is Hell the other people, or is Hell what our own choices bring us? In this play, the 3 characters spend eternity confronted by the results of their actions during life and their refusal to take responsibility for those choices.
So, I'll just quote my daughter: "Make good choices!"
The image at the top of the post is scattered around the internet with no source I could find to credit.
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