Being and dread existentialism - Man.

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Being and dread (existentialism):


Man sees things everywhere. The books on the shelf, the TV, the couch, the cat, the dog, himself and on and on and on. And he asks himself. What are these things? Are they things in themselves, are we all the same, are we separate, what? Then he says to himself, well I am here now, today I’m gone, and the book is on the table now, and tomorrow it’s burning in a book raid. What is going on? Today I do something good, tomorrow I do something bad, people die every day; what’s in those, are they important, do they mean anything, is anyone really watching and judging our every move? Now I’m living, tomorrow I’m dead, do I just blink out, can I accept that? What is good, and what is bad? Is there really such a thing? Or is the truth that it really doesn’t mean anything. Nothing really is nothing, and we are born to lose our loved ones, one by one and finally our own precious lives to see this proved. When man asks himself these things, he realizes that there is no concrete explanation for it all, and that creates a severe sense of instability in the very essence of himself. There is no real answer to it all, and, most likely, the answer is that it is all nothing. So what man does is create these concepts of God, religion afterlife, good and evil, morals, and therefore right and wrong to create an artificial sense of meaning and order to this apparent chaos and meaninglessness. And from this unconcrete mental condition we are thrusted into, there comes this sense of what cannot be explained by other than dread. This is the dread in the face of nothingness. We are on shaky ground, and man cannot accept this.

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 What’s to stop us from jumping off the cliff, then? He asks. Nothing is the answer and the undeniable truth, because in the end it really doesn’t matter if you die or not, and man’s deep, deep egocentric disease refuses to allow him to believe that he is really that unimportant. It’s painful and bleak, but who said anything had to be otherwise.

When people talk of God and religion, it is almost comical (as a somewhat wise man [he is on his way] once told me) to see. “It is just like when parents say to a three-year ...

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