December 8, 2006

Existentialist Kidneys

Filed under: whatever — Brian @ 8:08 pm

The New York Times had an interesting article about people asking the government’s help as they attempt to behave themselves.

In some states with casino gambling, like Missouri and Michigan, compulsive gamblers have the option of putting their names on a blacklist, or “self-exclusion” list, that bars them from casinos. Once on the list, they are banned for life. If they violate the ban, they risk being arrested and having their winnings confiscated.

I can see where that might be a helpful service for some, and where some would find it a frightening expansion of government powers.

But let’s not get into that. The meat of this article is buried in the second-to-last paragraph:

Thinkers of an existentialist kidney, like Jean-Paul Sartre, used to insist that each of us is free to redefine his character through an act of radical choice.

I had no idea it was the kidneys that caused such thoughts. I thought they just made pee.


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