What is the Being of beings?


Philosophers go through a lot of paper

From ProfessorGreg@Harvard.edu:

Coach: In the introduction to his influential Being and Time, Martin Heidegger wrote, “What is more enigmatic: that beings are, or that Being is? Or does even this reflection fail to bring us close to that enigma which has occurred with the Being of Beings?” The language of Heidegger — and hermeneutical philosophy in general — strikes me as very similar to the logic applied in your press conferences. Are you now or have you ever been a student of hermeneutics? If not, what is your philosophical inspiration for statements like “It is what it is”?

From the Playbook:

I thought Hermeneutics was the title of Herm Edwards’ autobiography. But from what I’ve heard about Heidegger, his press conferences would last a lot longer than mine. For him, it wouldn’t cut it just to say it is what it is: he’d say that it is what it is only if it is a being that is conscious of its Being. So if the It is Ed Reed or Tom Brady, it is what it is; if the It is Adalius Thomas or Tony Romo, it might not actually exist at all.    

Stick with the appetizers at Arthur’s


From ChefArthurR:

Bill –


I’m a chef at a local eating establishment and I’ve tried to use your phrase “it is what it is” when responding to questions/complaints about what I’ve prepared. For some reason, it doesn’t garner the same passive response that you get when you use it during your press conferences. What gives?


Arthur R.


From the Playbook:

It’s all about the follow-up. Say you put some squid innards on a plate and call it “Buddha’s Surprise.” The customer calls you over to the table and says, “What is this?”

You: It is what it is.

Customer: This is inedible.

You: Your opinion is your opinion. My opinion might be different.

Customer: If this is your signature dish, how bad are your regular dishes?

You: I can only talk about the dishes that are here.

Customer: I’ve half a mind to throw this on the floor.

You: That’s not what we’re looking for.

Customer: I demand an apology.

You: The streudel is really my focus right now. Any questions about the streudel? 

Customer: That’s it?

You: I regret that I misinterpreted the recipe for Buddha’s Surprise. I’ve acknowledged that and it’s time to move on. 

Customer: How bad is that streudel?

You: It’s a little too early to start working on its bust for Canton.

Customer: Might as well bring two spoons.

You: The spoons are on the house.