Sunday, December 04, 2011

Existentialism: You Can not Argue with Them

Continued from... Existentialism: Digging Deep

Facticity, authenticity and in authenticity—this is where my brain starts wobbling and I start losing track of my thoughts. If I was to meet these guys who are trying to define a simple idea and give it some new fancy name, which makes philosophy difficult, then I would have advised them why not just call a spade— a spade. 
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My genes, my inherited traits, my capabilities, my race, my nationality, my family and all other things that I do not choose , but I am given right from my birth, whether I like it or not, is it not simply my fate? And how can I simply ignore its huge impact on my thinking and consequently on my actions. Can a lame person, who uses crutches, ever win a 100 m sprint in Olympics. Am I not bound by my limitations?  Now if existentialists say, that’s what we are trying to tell you —know yourself, find out your truth, so that you can live a meaningful life.
Gasp!

Do not you feel that everything is going round and round in a circle? Existentialists give me no choice.
I do not know what to do because I do not know myself, and when I know myself I might not be able to do what I want to do. You argue in any way— they win. This is where a philosophy starts becoming a philosophical system. Once you enter in to it you do not know how to get out of it. You are trapped in a maze like a rat. The best thing existentialist can say is, “Hey pal, we believe in free will and we are not going to listen to any of your lame excuses.”  

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