We do not attempt to understand what we are doing; our behavior is determined by habit, custom, or a vague sense of what is required of us by das Man (the One). We do not talk seriously about matters of any importance; it is bad taste to discuss religion, politics, or philosophy. Instead we talk shop or gossip about friends. Perhaps, if we have intellectual pretensions, we try to prove that we are au courant: that we have read all the latest bookds and attended all the current art exhibits. But we do not seriously discuss the content of the books we read, and in all likelihood when we go to the museum we take care to bring someone along to distract our attention from the exhibits.

Olson, RG. 1962. An introduction to existentialism.Dover. New York. 221 p.

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