[Link] Watchmen trilemma

by ioannes_shade 1 min read29th Dec 20192 comments


https://flightfromperfection.com/watchmen-trilemma.html (a)

Note: contains Watchmen spoilers

The climax of Watchmen is a showdown between three archetypal ways in which one can engage with the world's problems – the Philosopher-King, the Antiphilosopher, and the Transcendent.

A tidbit:

In symbolic terms, the Transcendent occupies a middle position between Philosopher & Antiphilosopher.
From the transcendent point of view, the world can't be saved. Matter will continue to combine & break apart, creating new forms & destroying them. If humanity were wiped out by nuclear holocaust, things would still keep happening. Matter can't be destroyed.
This is a scary point of view. It's cold, detached, inhuman. Yet it's probably the most clear-seeing of the three.