September 13, 2006

The weight of man on our shoulders.

Filed under: musings — bardicknowledge @ 3:12 pm

I have recently began reading Sartres views on Existentialism and Human Emotions and only made a small dent in the book. I am currently reading about the forlornness of man since we leave in a world where, without God, we have no guidances except what we choose to believe.

I had some trouble with this concept at first but I have learned to come to accept it, agree with it and believe it is true; we are what we make ourselves and no man is beyond subjectivity.

He also states that we are responsible for all other man (Pg 17 – Existentialism and Human emotions) and I just finally came to understand the meaning behind this. As we grow we make choices on how to live our lives. As we do this, we make the image of what we view everyman should be. So we are responsible for the image of man that we show to everyone else, which is developed by our actions.

So, since man exists before we have developed a meaning, it means that we are all responsible for our every action and in turn, inaction.

I would like to pause and make it understood what a large mind-fuck this has been for me. It is far easier to understand this than to take and it spit it back out in your out understanding. Also, that I have rewritten this post several times since its conception.

Back to the fields.

So, we have our burden of responsibility for man and our own responsibility for every action. To relate this to my last post Human “Needs”, an existentialist is a person who has reached the the fifth level of Maslows hierarchy of needs, since to be an existentialist, one but have an internal set morals that allows them to accept, take responsibly and understand each action they have made in life.

This is what drives us to have a sense or morality partially methinks. The fact that each action made makes us who we are and in turn adds to our view of how a man should be and since we want good, we apply our morals to each decission.

So we develop morals not just to guide our actions, but because it is how we views society should operate.

This will be it for now. I will be back after I read more of Satre. I may read a few more philosophers after this but we’ll see. I may just continue to develop my own personal philosophy.



  1. Primarily…. Have faith. Secondly meaning did exist before man… so does this mean that we are not responsible for our every action and inaction? I don’t think so. It’s all about a great three letter word… GOD. Do you believe this whole Existentialism thing? And thirdly you said… “to be an existentialist, one but have an internal set morals that allows them to accept, take responsibly and understand each action they have made in life.” Lol does that mean you have to understand why you sneeze when you look at the light or why your eye twitches? Sorry just making argument.

    Comment by BOOO it's me — September 16, 2006 @ 7:46 am

  2. I like many points of Existentialism, but I’m not such a big fan of Sartre. The good thing about him is that he is very easy to read and gives a good grounding in contemporary philosophy, but his system of living doesn’t quite work out in my mind. Sartre tries to explain moral responsibility in a world without a moral incentive, but all he can rely on is very subjective personal views of what is right and wrong while maintaining that everyone is not wrong about what they believe, all the while in a meaningless cosmos. This could all be melted down to a reductio ad absudum. Too many logical conflicts.

    As if adding God to the mix actually makes things simpler. You end up with a whole bunch of nasty paradoxes like the Problem of Evil, Divine Hiddenness, Problem of Free Will and Omniscience and so on. Even the concept of God itself is a hard one to wrap one’s head around. In fact what God is and what he wants has been a recurring problem amongst his followers, leading to alot of bloodshed. Human tendencies to fight coupled with a percieved omnipotent ally brought about (and still brings about) some pretty nasty relegious violence.

    Now understanding that existence is a meaningless result of long chain of random chance makes things so much simpler, and adheres to Occam’s Razor.

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