The King Finds Himself Without Clothes and Reading Pascal's Pansees:You were driving home and the car radio broke! You remember the feeling? You found nothing to distract you from dealing with your inner voice? The voice that says, "Hey stupid where are you going?" A primal fear arose and stalked your weakened mind. I know that you know what I mean? Don't you? Did you want to scream and fill up the void with your own noise? Why did your mind search to find something to break your silent meditation? Did the eternal silence of infinite spaces frighten you? Why is it; a king can master a kingdom joyfully, but masters himself miserably?
157: Pascal's Pansees
Contradiction: contempt for our existences, to die for nothing, hatred of our existence.
He who will know fully the vanity of man has only to consider the causes and effects of love. The cause is a je ne sais quoi (An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive.) and the effects are dreadful. This je ne sais quoi, so small an object that we cannot recognize it, agitates a whole conutry, princess, armies, the entire world.
Cleopatra's nose: had it been shorter, the whole aspect of the world would have been altered.