Susan Sontag

American, philosopher, filmmaker activist, and acclaimed writer.


What is the origin of good?

The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.

July 24, 2018

What is the origin of evil?

To paraphrase several sages: Nobody can think and hit someone at the same time.

July 24, 2018

How do you find happiness?

I want to be able to be alone, to find it nourishing - not just a waiting.

July 24, 2018

What is the meaning of life?

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.

July 24, 2018

What is the role of evolution?

Time exists in order that everything doesn’t happen all at once…and space exists so that it doesn’t all happen to you.

July 24, 2018

What happens after death?

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.

July 24, 2018

What question is missing?

The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.

July 24, 2018