“existence precedes essence”

Sartre aside, that three word phrase strikes me as having an unusually large quantity of the letter ‘e’. Let’s do the math. Studies show ‘e’ is the most frequently occurring letter in the English language at a rate slightly over 12% (almost 1 out of every 8 letters). But in Sartre’s statement ‘e’ appears as 9 of the 24 total letters. That’s 37.5% (or 3/8 if you like) – three times the average.

In mathematics, the numerical constant e is an irrational number. “Irrational Man: A Study In Existential Philosophy” is a well known book by William Barrett which helped introduce existentialism to the English speaking world. Thank you Wikipedia.

Bringing Sartre back into the discussion we see that ‘e’ has established its existence in a major way. But what about essence?


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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