The tentacles swayed and struck like living arms, and, save for the helpless purposelessness
of these movements, it was as if some wounded thing were struggling for its life amid the waves.
The conditions here are tough: high heat, limited water, few schools, overburdened health centres and a general sense of purposelessness
makes life unimaginably harsh for refugees.
The sheer purposelessness
of the tragedy is compounded by a string of 'what ifs' as one tries to come to terms with the blow.
The sicknesses to which civilisation is prone result from boredom and purposelessness
, the disorientation of individuals who are given the conditions but denied the impetus to develop personality.
Anni Albers, born Annelise Elsa Frieda Fleischmann in 1899, liked to think back to the early Bauhaus, remembering that when she came as a student in 1922 it was the "period of the saints," everyone wearing what looked like handmade, "baggy white dresses and saggy white suits." The Bauhaus was a collaborative experiment, pitting youthful energy and idealism against the despair and purposelessness
that followed World War I.
Its overarching theme cap-tures Camus' concept of absurdism, the belief that people should accept the purposelessness
of life but still continue to find its mean-ing.
To "[espy]" is to "perceive by chance or unexpectedly" (OED), emphasizing a purposelessness
in seeing "Circumference" when a mind is absent of any grasping desires; this purposelessness
resembles the verb "overhear" in the lines "A Bird to overhear-/ Delight without a Cause--" (Fr873).
Yet, as I have suggested elsewhere, the apparent purposelessness
and pointlessness of the game-play in golf is particularly useful and also transformative, as it affords the interrogation into the point of the game and the play.
Derrida believes that the absence of meaning in language is the real purpose of language and this real purpose of language has been divulged by Albee in his plays The American Dream (1961) and The Zoo Story (1958) where meaninglessness and purposelessness
of circumstances itself conveys meaning and that meaning is multi-faceted and multi-dimensional.
His correspondence and his spiritual writings (in particular, his retreat notes) contain frequent reference to physical illness, tiredness and depression--"languishment of body and mind" (CW 2: 734)--and to a profound sense of purposelessness
. (12) What is striking about these two letters, though, is just how little of that mood is present.
The equivocality, purposelessness
, and openness of Walther's work actually requires users to assume odd positions of physical vulnerability and to undertake disturbing activities steeped in uncertainty about what one is doing, for how long, and why.