Graphic by David Deloso / North by Northwestern

Block Four, a time for the serendipitous, the profound and the sleep-deprived. Is this when the modern philosophers of our time are revealed? We’ll let you be the judge of that.

Like Diogenes the Cynic, Girl in Blue Pajamas is unafraid to harshly question the natural order of society despite the potential criticism. When Sexyback by Justin Timberlake began to echo through the tent, Girl in Blue Pajamas immediately cried to her friend, Girl in Cow Costume, “This is a song?!  What the fuck?!” To make such a statement in a crowd of a thousand Millennials who grew up listening to this song might just be the bravest critique of modern music that this generation will ever hear.  

One group of dancers clearly had read their Marxist philosophy prior to DM, for it took all of 11 hours for them to scream about how “[they] are staging revolution. When we raise our hands like this [the ringleader raised his hand in the Mockingjay symbol], we all rush for the exit.” Not sure if this is what Marx imagined, but the sentiment is certainly recognized.  

Nietzsche was a strong proponent of individuals’ ability to resist pressure in order to live out their lives to a higher standard of virtuism. After returning from the bathroom, one girl remarked that, “I went to the bathroom and there was a girl in the fetal position just laying there. Same girl, same.” To the girl in the fetal position in the bathroom, we feel you and we thank you for your willingness to fight the good fight.

According to Alfred from The Dark Knight, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” No dancer embodies this more than Light Swaying Guy, who said, “I stayed up all night before coming here. I have no reason for why I did. I haven’t slept in 40 hours.” Only twenty more hours to go.

In the footsteps of the great Freddie Mercury and Queen, the stage dancers of NUDM believe that the show must go on. “One of our friends fell off the stage, but … they just kept dancing.” So inspiring that I want to watch Bohemiam Rhapsody again.  

Who knows what philosophy this falls under, so for now, it is going under “things frat dudes have said during DM”: “I miss my Juul.”  Another contender under this category was one guy shouting “More Drake!” after One Dance.  

Here’s to many more hours of mental brilliance as we continue the existential journey that is DM!  

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