After my last post (which I thought to be a bit clever), I had no intention of doing another post immediately following in which I'd define something else. And then I saw this outside the main entrance of the building where I work, and couldn't pass it up.
EXISTENTIALISM (noun): 1. a philosophy that places emphasis on individual existence, freedom, and choice, stressing the individuality of existence.
While I freely admit that this humble trashcan is welcome to its own opinion, this takes the pondering of one's own existence a bit too far. After all, I cannot state that I am not human and have it be accepted as such. You cannot dispute what you are, but only what your purpose may be. Thus, this trashcan, designated to hold a delicate sand/rock-salt mixture for the icy entrance area to the building, cannot claim to be anything else other than a trashcan. The only thing that is fluid is what it can be used for.
I'm guessing that the groundskeeper for my office was frustrated with pulling trash out of his over-sized sand bucket, and that his anger kept him from putting much thought into this message. Little did he know that it would spark a philosophical conversation that I would put way too much thought and effort into.
Have a good weekend, everyone.