“The elementary truth that there is being – a being that has value and weight – is revealed at a depth that measures its brutality and its seriousness. The pleasant game of life ceases to be just a game. It is not that the sufferings with which life threatens us render it displeasing; rather it is because the ground of suffering consists of the impossibility of interupting it, and of an acute feeling of being held fast [rivé]. The impossibility of getting out of the game and of giving back to things their toy-like uselesness heralds the precise instant at which infancy comes to an end, and defines the very notion of seriousness..”

– Emmanuel Levinas, On Escape