Sartre’s Spirit World
Wry Catcher’s question whether the notion of spirit world addiction reminded me of Jean Paul Sartre’s Les Jeux Sont Faits, which is particularly interesting to Mormons because Sartre’s description of the afterlife happens to coincide with commonly held notions of the spirit world.
Les Jeux Sont Faits is a wonderful drama by Jean Paul Sartre about two lovers who were destined for each other but fate failed to connect them. Meeting as spirits, the lovers file a customer complaint and the “system” affords them a second shot at life.
I won’t spoil the plot but you can imagine how irritated their murderers will be at the victims’ return.
The drama includes wonderful cameos of smokers, philanderers, and conspirators in the afterlife. It’s a great play that introduces you to the existentialist take on the human condition.
The English translation, The Chips Are Down, appears to be out of print but if you can get your hands on an old copy in your local library or on the Internet, it’s worth your while whether you are a faithful or cultural Mormon.