"When one door closes, two more open."
In class, we discussed how the realization of the infinite number or possibilities causes a lot of anxiety, and as humans, we naturally try to limit those possibilities, eliminating the more improbable ones from our minds. This reduces anxiety and makes our collection of possibilities more finite. However, because the possibilities are endless, can anything ever be eliminated as a possibility? This is the question that I was asking myself regarding the phrase "when one door closes, two more open." If no possibilities can ever really be eliminated, no doors would ever close. If the number of possibilities are endless, it wouldn't matter if one door closed for two more to open. For that matter, several could spontaneously open. On the other hand, we could argue for the possibility that no doors are ever closed.
The second example that I would like to bring up comes from the movie I Heart Huckabee's (sorry to whoever mentioned that they hate this movie on the first day of class) in the scene where Brad Stand is broken down by the existential detectives. He ends up dwelling on the phrase "how am I not myself?" until he breaks down in a business meeting when asked to tell the story that he tells repeatedly to cover up something else that is truly bothering him. I wonder if it is possible to not be yourself. To reference Descartes, all he could not doubt was that he thinks, and is. If we are thinking like Descartes, and only know for sure that we are, then how can you not be yourself?