Sartre's Existentialism Theory, metaphysics, god
Existentialism is a branch of metaphysics, which in its literal meaning is beyond the physical (Dreyfus, 2011). I will concentrate on the relevance of Sartre's existentialism theory to me as a Babson student.
Sartre's existentialism theory asserts that individuals must be accountable for the choices they make. According to Sartre, existential self-awareness limits the moral independence of individuals (Sartre, 1947). This is not always true since as student self-awareness motivates and makes me desire to make the best choices bearing in mind that so many people yearn for my success. For instance, the teachers and my parents expect me to work hard in order to achieve my goals.
Furthermore, Sartre made an assertion that the freedom is humankind's essential defining characteristic. He claimed that God does not exist because His existence would ultimately compromise the existence of man. According to Sartre's man, first exists, encounters himself and rises up in the world and hence can define his life from this point. The description that Sartre gave regarding existential philosophy is that existence precedes essence. In my opinion, Sartre's assertion that external factors do not affect the existence of an individual is false. This is because several factors in the school context e.g. teachers, parents, counselors and social values affect the choices I make as a student.
[...] Individuals should not use existential angst to get into a depression mode or state of self-pity, rather they should question the meaning of their lives by using it to build a stronger self. When dealing with existential angst Sartre encourages individuals to choose their meaning in life. However, the approach it is hard to follow since in school or any community context there are always prescribed expectations that are hard to ignore. The first step towards getting over existential angst is to have adequate social life by interacting with people with whom one shares similar values and interests. [...]
[...] I will concentrate on the relevance of Sartre's existentialism theory to me as a Babson student. Sartre's existentialism theory asserts that individuals must be accountable for the choices they make. According to Sartre, existential self-awareness limits the moral independence of individuals (Sartre, 1947). This is not always true since as student self-awareness motivates and makes me desire to make the best choices bearing in mind that so many people yearn for my success. For instance, the teachers and my parents expect me to work hard in order to achieve my goals. [...]
[...] I understand that I can get the meaning of my life through my free will, the choices I make and my personal responsibilities. The choices I make have a role in the discovery of my true essence. Existential authenticity is unique to each and its achievement only happens after an individual has undergone a personal journey of self-discovery (Dreyfus, 2011). In my experiences, I have acquired meaning for my life through knowing right from wrong and by being able to define good and bad. Therefore, in all their undertakings human beings must have a guiding force. Bibliography Dreyfus, H. [...]
[...] As a student, I have to learn the limits of my freedom. Contrary to Sartre's theory, people do not always choose what is good because we all make bad choices sometimes. For instance, an act of cheating in examinations in order to pass is a bad choice. The notion that our expression of our freedom no matter what we do is good beats logic. In the school, I have to understand that my interaction with others calls for universal responsibility. [...]
[...] The three-fold concept of responsibility asserts that as an individual the choices I make result from various forces. For instance, if as an individual I make my choices, I become responsible of what I make of myself. Either way by choosing myself, I project the image of what man should be in general. For instance, if I am respectful and kind to others while an internship people see me as a reflection of a Babson student. Furthermore, I have to realize that my actions have an impact on all people, and I am responsible for the repercussions of my actions on people. [...]
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