[Link] Watchmen trilemmapost by ioannes_shade · 2019-12-29T01:37:55.822Z · LW · GW · 2 comments
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.
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.
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