Cat Articulates His Existence
Striving to maintain the high standards my readers have come to expect from quantumtantra blog, I never imagined I would ever post a cute cat video on this site. But this video cries out to be shared. First of all, it is in French (with English subtitles) so it qualifies as a foreign film. And second, the film has philosophical import which raises the quality of discourse considerably above the base level of LOL Cats. In my opinion Henri the cat expresses more truth about existence in 10 words than Jean-Paul Sartre does in 10,000. My cat Onyx's favorite lines are these:
I am free to go.
Yet I remain.
Poetry, someone once said, is the art of expressing in words what cannot be expressed in words. In these eight words, spoken by Henri, palpable truths seem to lurk just out of reach.
In the early sixties, seeking adventure, I hitch-hiked into Mexico at a time when bearded young Americans were still a novelty and the locals did not know what to call us. (This was before the word "hippie" had been invented.) Some called me "Fidelista" but my favorite tag was "existentialista".
Henri the cat is a true existentialista. Enjoy this fine animal's terse and honest insights.