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EDITORIAL NOTE

In his monumental work Existentialism is a Humanism, Jean Paul Sartre introduces a notion: all that is real is action, and this reality is all that counts towards building a profile of the ‘self’. He states, “…Dreams, expectations and hopes only serve to define a man as a broken dream, aborted hopes, and futile expectations.” I can imagine many readers checking out at this point, but although Sartre’s excerpt seems dreary on a first reading, hear me out. I interpret the philosopher as not trying to propose that hopes, dreams, and expectations have no value in themselves, but rather that having such things alone, unfollowed by actions committed to in order to fulfill them, constitutes an incomplete account of the ‘self.’

Now, you may be wondering, “Why is this relevant? What exactly is she going on about?” Well, I think its relevance becomes salient when we consider the upcoming holiday, and how the promise of a ‘new year’ makes us fantasize about changes we can make in order to better ourselves.

Leaving hopes and dreams as they are only constitute fragmented versions of ourselves, no matter how many we have because, fundamentally, they are still potentialities. I’d like to fall back on the beautiful Sartrean notion and suggest that we use every moment we have to reaffirm ourselves and work towards turning potentialities into actualities, creating ourselves every step of the way.

Leave no dream as a mere potentiality.

Kristina