Nothing perhaps is more surprising in this world of ours than the almost infinite diversity of its appearances, the sheer entertainment value of its views, sounds and smells, something that is hardly ever mentioned by the thinkers and philosophers.

Could it not be that appearances are not there for the sake of the life process, but, on the contrary, that the life process is there for the sake of appearances.

Omdat de wereld een wereld is waarin we verschijnen, is hoe we gezien worden door anderen (seem-to-be) belangrijk. Wat is leven? Hoe we gezien worden beantwoorden (selfdisplay).

The life of the mind, Hannah Arendt