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Life is only what you wonder.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Quote Of The Day

"Let us consider this waiter in the cafe.
His movement is quick and forward, a little too precise, a little too rapid. He comes towards the patrons with a step a little too quick. He bends forward a little too eagerly; His voice, his eyes express an interest a little too solicitous for the order of the customer.
Finally there he returns, trying to imitate in his walk the inflexible stiffness of some kind of automaton while carrying his tray with the recklessness of a tightrope-walker by putting it in a perpetually unstable, perpetually broken equilibrium which he perpetually re-establishes by a light movement of the arm and hand.
All his behavior seems to us a game. He applies himself to chaining his movements as if they were mechanisms, the one regulating the other; His gestures and even his voice seem to be mechanisms; He gives himself the quickness and pitiless rapidity of things.
He is playing, he is amusing himself.
But what is he playing?
We need not watch long before we can explain it: He is playing at being a waiter in a cafe.
The child plays with his body in order to explore it, to take inventory of it;
The waiter in the cafe plays with his condition in order to realize it."
--Jean-Paul Sartre