Why “Paper Cutter Games”?
In university, Val took a course on the psychology of self-deception, which included existentialism philosophy.
During the 20th century when a book was hand-produced, the folding of printed sheets created closed edges that required cutting. A “paper cutter,” “book knife,” or “paper knife” (translated from French), was an object made to cut open these pages so they could be read. Sartre used the paper knife as an example of something that is made for a specific purpose, an object that has meaning (essence) before it exists.
“Existence precedes essence” is the idea that a person exists before they have meaning. A person is not born to fulfill a predetermined purpose, they have to decide the meaning/essence of their life by living it.
The paper cutter later evolved into what is now known as the letter-opener.
Too long; didn’t read: We’re a bunch of nerds.
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