By Harold Bloom
An enormous examine of the French thinker, dramatist, novelist, and critic.
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In other words, if we are free are all, we cannot be "more" free at certain moments than at others; freedom is not a quality that we possess degrees of; so that in spite of everything, from the point of view of the idea of freedom, these conversions are not more privileged than any other moments of our lives. Yet from the point of view of the notion of an original choice, the conversions are in a sense the only real moments in our lives, the only real events. This curious difference in perspectives, where an idea suggests more than it really means, suggests something radically different from what it is supposed to mean, is perhaps attributable to the "myth"-like nature of the notion of choice.
The colon unity throws up beyond itself the presence of the thing as it really is, the unified thing of which the two sentences are merely aspects, and then against this, the sentence which attempts to seize the solidly settled object through motion, through the illusory, snapping motion of the two temporarily separated parts rejoining. The sentence, the subjectivity, creates an illusion of separation, a mirage of dynamism and of happening, in order to convey a basically static reality. ; it is also a privileged form through which certain objects in this world find their expression.
All of these are themes within a unity, parallel expressions of an underlying reality. The description of this original choice takes the form of a kind of myth, as the "look" did: it is the abstract structure which all later choices carry within themselves like a meaning, and insofar as it is the structure of an act, it cannot be reduced completely to an abstract idea but preserves the act's shape. Yet in another sense, since it precedes our time itself and is itself the basis of the quality of the time we live, it can never be localized in a moment of our personal history: we are not born grown-up, and there is never a full dress moment in which we can be said to have chosen ourselves, and yet everything happens as though we had.
Jean-Paul Sartre by Harold Bloom