|What philosophy do you follow? (v1.03)
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|You scored as Existentialism Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life.
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
“It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”
“It is man’s natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.”
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Existentialism attempts to describe our desire to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe. Unfortunately, life might be without inherent meaning (existential atheists) or it might be without a meaning we can understand (existential theists). Either way, the human desires for logic and immortality are futile. We are forced to define our own meanings, knowing they might be temporary. In this existence…The Individual Defines Everything.
Existentialism – A Definition
Existentialism in the broader sense is a 20th century philosophy that is centered upon the analysis of existence and of the way humans find themselves existing in the world. The notion is that humans exist first and then each individual spends a lifetime changing their essence or nature.
In simpler terms, existentialism is a philosophy concerned with finding self and the meaning of life through free will, choice, and personal responsibility. The belief is that people are searching to find out who and what they are throughout life as they make choices based on their experiences, beliefs, and outlook. And personal choices become unique without the necessity of an objective form of truth. An existentialist believes that a person should be forced to choose and be responsible without the help of laws, ethnic rules, or traditions.
Existentialism – What It Is and Isn’t
Existentialism takes into consideration the underlying concepts:
* Human free will
* Human nature is chosen through life choices
* A person is best when struggling against their individual nature, fighting for life
* Decisions are not without stress and consequences
* There are things that are not rational
* Personal responsibility and discipline is crucial
* Society is unnatural and its traditional religious and secular rules are arbitrary
* Worldly desire is futile
Existentialism is broadly defined in a variety of concepts and there can be no one answer as to what it is, yet it does not support any of the following:
* wealth, pleasure, or honor make the good life
* social values and structure control the individual
* accept what is and that is enough in life
* science can and will make everything better
* people are basically good but ruined by society or external forces
* “I want my way, now!” or “It is not my fault!” mentality