Which roughly translates as “ things are against us” is the central tenet of a European philosophy first put forward by Paul Jennings in the late 1950’s. It was, he said , developed by the French philosopher Jean Marie Ventre and his German contemporary Martin Freidegg.Ventre explained that the inanimate world is in constant revolt against any kind of human activity. He noted that every time he reached out his hand to stub out a cigarette, the ash fell on his sleeve and not into the ashtray.Trousers, clearly marked with the correct waist measurement, were found to be at last two inches too big when tried out at home.
Freidegg ( no relation of the German aristocrat Gottfried Freidegg-mit-Tschipps) demonstrated in a series of elegant experiments that a man painting a wall would inevitably end up with 51% of the paint on the floor, dustsheets, or himself, and only 49% on the wall.
This was echoed by the Clark-Trimble Experiments of 1927, carried out in the Rutherford Laboratories in Oxford. Slices of toast, spread with butter and marmalade, were dropped onto a series of carpet squares, ranging from coarse matting to the most expensive Afghan carpet and the rate of right-side-upwardness was measure. When dropped on the matting, the toast fell right side up 87% of the time; on the Afghan carpet this fell to a mere 3.43%.
Resistentialism can still be detected today. Consider the wayward “delete” key which will, on a whim,l destroy everything you have just written. It has been suggested that the email system, and not you, which decides when and where your messages are delivered.
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