Existential gamboge

What do they mean by Existential war? Do you know? I don’t!
I don’t think the pundits know either. But how rather clever for Communications Majors to choose a word that all English-speakers recognize, yet nobody understands. Unlike Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, Americans know existential exists, and its meaning is so deep that it has to mean something they don’t understand, like why we are in Iraq.

Isn’t this the same trick decorators use to aggrandize their color palate? They choose perfectly unnecessary interim shades of color close enough to the ones you’d recognize, leaving you just enough in the dark so you won’t say “eewww.” Gamboge for example, it’s a color yep, but it may as well be ecru or puce for all you know.

So what could existential mean to describe our endless war? Endless? Phony? Circumspect? Suspect? Existential is like Atomic Physics. There are those who understand it, but they can’t explain it to the rest of us because we don’t share their hat size. Shame on the TV talking heads who smile when they say existential, like they’re telling us something.

The insincerity reminds me of the spin alley pundits at the presidential debates, spinning a victory for Bush. They would praise the little moron only to the extent of saying, while smiling, that he was the right man for the job.

Does existential describe America’s war? Does it describe illegal? Or cowardly? I’m not sure, but I think it means gamboge.

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4 Responses to Existential gamboge

  1. Avatar jonah says:

    I think, therefore I am Confused?

    If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody is there to hear it, will it still scare the shit out of the bears?

    Aren’t these the guys who can’t justify Liberal Arts education like Philosophy?

    The ones who can’t tell the differences between Descartes and, well, just fuckin’ ANYBODY?

  2. Avatar The 13th says:

    No exit. From the B.S.

    Who coined this idiotic description of the war, Eric? I’ll add them to the tripe factory list.

  3. Eric Eric says:

    I think Descartes is all that Americans know of philosophy. I have gun therefore bang.

  4. Avatar Marie Walden says:

    Who is Descartes? Oh yeah, I’m pink therefore I’m Spam.

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