I am not a philosopher, nor have I really studied philosophy, but from the time I first learned about existentialism, I felt a connection with it. If you're not sure what it's all about, here is a quick definition from wikipedia.
Existentialism is the set of philosophical beliefs positing that human beings are responsible for creating their own meaning in life, as opposed to deities or authorities doing this for them.
A central proposition of existentialism is that existence precedes essence, which means that the actual life of the individual is what constitutes what could be called his or her "essence" instead of there being a predetermined essence that defines what it is to be a human.
Answer by my2.5boys at 9:13 AM on Oct. 25, 2008
Answer by Bmat at 9:40 AM on Oct. 25, 2008
That definitely fits me. I'm an Atheist and I've always lived my life with the philosophy that I have complete control over my life. Now I know I can't control the twists and turns that life is always unexpectedly throwing at us, but I can control how I react to them and how I handle them.
Answer by beeky at 10:34 AM on Oct. 25, 2008
Answer by MamaLion82007 at 11:47 AM on Oct. 25, 2008
That is very interesting, I never heard of that before, thanks for sharing. My beliefs are opposite. I am my essence. My essence is me and precedes being human. But I am not saying that predetermined essence defines being human, I don't agree with that either. We are spiritual beings on a human journey , not human beings on a spiritual journey. I practice Buddhism.
Answer by Anonymous at 1:41 PM on Oct. 25, 2008
Answer by njmommy2boys at 9:59 PM on Oct. 25, 2008
Answer by KristiS11384 at 7:47 AM on Oct. 26, 2008
Answer by yomamaporter at 9:23 PM on Oct. 28, 2008
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