Single Idea 9301

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 4. Boredom]

Full Idea

Boredom is so radical that it cannot even be overcome by suicide, only by something completely impossible - not to have existed at all.

Gist of Idea

Boredom is so radical that suicide could not overcome it; only never having existed would do it


Lars Svendsen (A Philosophy of Boredom [2005], Ch.1)

Book Reference

Svendsen,Lars: 'A Philosophy of Boredom' [Reaktion Books 2005], p.26

A Reaction

[he cites Fernando Pessoa for this] The actor George Sanders left a suicide note saying that he was just bored. A cloud of boredom is left hanging in the air where he was.