Existential Candyland


I play Candyland with my little boy, Billy, age 5. He is very good at it, as the philosophical discourse linked below demonstrates. He occasionally moves his marker to the colored square where the colored card tells him it ought to go. He has moved beyond insisting he can put his marker anywhere he wants it to go, but not beyond the desire to put it anywhere he wants it to go. Nor has he moved beyond the will to assert that he must win the game, that Daddy’s arrival first at Candyland (he could not help it) was of secondary concern. Mommy, of course, is always willing to back up Billy’s version of how the game should be played and who should be the winner.

With that in mind, this cartoon, “Candyland and the Nature of the Absurd,” from Existential Comics (artist unnamed), sent to me by Mommy herself (aka Victoria), falls quite perfectly into place. It had not occurred to me that the winner is predestined from the start and that Candyland is not a game of chance. The scales have fallen from my eyes.



About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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1 Response to Existential Candyland

  1. Você na verdade explicou este efetivamente ! http://kaa.io/1bab


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