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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I made a great choice this morning by reading this coffee joke. Then I really liked it. Then I laughed. Thanks for sharing as I wake up this T Tuesday.ReplyDelete
ah my daughter would be so proud ;)Delete
A Jean-Paul Sartre/coffee joke to start the day! Who could ask for anything more?ReplyDelete
and no exit brings back such fond memories...Delete
Fun way to start the dayReplyDelete
and your daughter is very wise indeed!
Happy T Day
yes, that's wise advice. now if i could only follow it consistently! lolDelete
Nice to begin the day with humor :) A happy T day to you!ReplyDelete
glad you liked it :) even philosophy can have jokes. happy t day!Delete
Enjoyed the humor. I read No Exit years and years ago when I was a young adult. I should probably give it another go. I wonder if it would seem a little different to me at this age.ReplyDelete
i read the play long ago, but this was the first time i remember seeing it. it does strike me different now.Delete
LOVE the coffee joke, as I like mine without too!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the visit this week, and the lovely comment.
we black coffee drinkers need to stick together ;)Delete
What a great start to the day, thank you for the laugh. Happy T Day to you!!ReplyDelete
glad you liked it :) happy t day!Delete
Happy Tuesday...thanks for the smile.ReplyDelete
happy t tuesday :) glad the joke brought you a smile.Delete
Cute joke and yes, your daughter is so right :) make good choices!ReplyDelete
Happy T Tuesday :)
happy t tuesday :) glad you liked the joke. that advice sure is hard to argue with lolDelete
Love that joke. That is the sort of thing that my Hubby would enjoy too!ReplyDelete
glad you liked it :)Delete
Love that coffee joke!!!ReplyDelete
I will have to watch the movie later, but seems to be one can find heaven or hell right here on earth--LOL! ;)
indeed, i think you're right about that!Delete
I just watched the movie and it was a bit dated but pretty interesting--and kind of backed up my theory that you can sure find hell right here. Just knowing/loving those folks would have been--LOL! ;)Delete
yes, sometimes we do make our own hell. and we never seem to learn! the people in the play never did. sad.Delete
Good one. :) I love that play. I haven't seen the adaptation, though; thanks for the link.ReplyDelete
it has been so long since i read the play, i don't know how close this adaptation is. i hope you like it. :)Delete
Ooh, you're getting deep today. Well, yesterday. Hope you had a good T-Day! And hope that today is also treating you well. I'm afraid I can't muster any thoughts deeper than that; today's caffeine has worn off. :)ReplyDelete
ah, caffeine! it must be refreshed every once in a while :)Delete
I must admit I am not a fan of Sartre, or many philosophers for that matter, but pretty witty joke! must have made an impression if we are still telling it! :)ReplyDelete
i don't read philosophers, or plays either, generally speaking, but i enjoy filmed adaptations of plays. i wonder when that joke started... i'll have to see if i can find out somewhere.Delete