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Sunsets, New Beginnings, and Uncertainty

By Lillian Rutledge In Albert Camus’ The Stranger, an existentialist novel, the sun causes Meursault to lose his sanity and his compassion, but it isn’t until the sun actually sets that he experiences this loss; specifically in jail following his trial, Meursault becomes distraught with God, with life in general, and feels as if all …

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The Fear of Impermanence and the Notre Dame Cathedral

There is but one experience every human being will share and that is death. The death I am referencing is, of course, physical human death. There are many kinds of death aside from this though; the death of relationships, of personal identity, of paradigms, of isms, and of innocence. These are all traumatic extencitions, each …

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Leaving a Part of Yourself Behind – White Sands National Monument

What does it mean to leave a part of yourself in a place, like when Tony Bennett sang that he left his heart in San Francisco? When we say such things, do we mean it metaphorically or is there literally some part of ourselves we leave behind? If it is metaphor, what is the metaphor …

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