An existentialist firefighter

May 27, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More

For the other philosophy geeks here, the Onion has got another humorous story you’ll enjoy, rooted in existentialist themes:

In an ultimately futile act some have described as courageous and others have called a mere postponing of the inevitable, existentialist firefighter James Farber delayed three deaths Monday.

“I’m no hero,” Farber said after rescuing the family from a house fire on the 2500 block of West Thacker Street, and prolonging for the time being their slow march toward oblivion. “Like any other man, I am thrown into this world, alone and terrified, to play a meaningless role in an empty life. In my case, that role happens to involve charging through towering blazes to pull helpless individuals from a sea of flames before they suffocate or are burnt alive.”…


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  1. Adam says:

    Nice. I think this one is still my favorite though:

  2. Niklaus Pfisig says:

    As an existentialist, I found the article really funny, because it plays up the existentialist stereotype of angst and alienation.

  3. Lori says:

    This is vaguely reminiscent of the 'liberal cop' in the Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy.

  4. Erich Vieth says:

    Hilarious. I wish I had thought of this, and I was a philosophy major.

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