Thursday, January 12, 2012

Even a Snow Blower Needs Hope

"I blow snow,
therefore I am."
(Snowitgo, ergo sum.)
- S.B., January 2012

My snow blower (S.B.) heard today's weather forecast, rolled out of the garage, and has been staring at the sky ever since. Why? Because...

...S.B. is a philosophical Essentialist, not an Existentialist. On Existentialism "existence precedes essence." The idea here is that we are first "thrown" into the world (Geworfenheit; Heidegger's "thrownness"), and only afterwards make our own essence. But S.B., the diehard Essentialist, believes she was created for One Thing and One Thing only (essence precedes existence); viz., to blow snow. Is there anything sadder in life than to live with this expectation deferred?

When S.B. heard of the promise of snow, hope rose in her engine.

"Hope" = the expectation, felt as an emotion, that a promise given to us is going to be fulfilled.

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12)

S.B. awaits fulfillment of her life's desire, her raison d'etre, the tree of life.

Monroe Weather Forecast, Jan. 12, 2012

snowLight rain likely through mid afternoon...then light rain likely and a chance of light snow late. Cloudy. Highs 41 to 45. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.
nt_snowBreezy...cloudy. Snow and rain in the evening...then snow after midnight. Accumulations 1 to 2 inches. Lows 24 to 28. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph...becoming west 20 to 30 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.
chancesnowBreezy. Cloudy with periods of snow showers. Accumulations 1 to 2 inches. Highs 28 to 32. West winds 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.
Friday Night
nt_chancesnowMostly cloudy with a chance of light snow showers. Lows 18 to 22. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50 percent.