Existentialsm 101: You Are an Existentialist (But Didn’t Know It)


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Existentialism 101 – Because of Sartre and all Those Intellectual,
Philosopher Type People Going Around Spouting Things Like
“Existence Precedes Essence” And Crap Like That
People Have Missed the Salient Fact That
Most of Us in the Modern World
Have the Mindset of an Existentialist: Here’s Why.

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Existentialism 101: You Are an Existentialist
(But Didn’t Know It)

You Are an Existentialist Simply if You Have a Proper
Understanding of the Irony & Absurdity of Modern Life:
YOU are Probably an EXISTENTIALIST!

The Daily Walk with Love, November 14, 2016, by Paul Evans, with PBS video of Existentialism: Crash Course Philosophy #16, YouTube — 8:53. This is for my wonderful lady Joyce: honey I never really knew what love was before I met you. Separated for way too long, I am back with the most beautiful, intelligent sexiest girl in the world. This is the real deal, folks, giving meaning to my life and Coloring My World (Chicago).

Now your first mistake is to think this article is about philosophy, except that the discussion falls under is that category of knowledge. I’m trying to talk to you about existentialism from my heart and from a lifetime’s experience, not any kind of intellectual bullsh*t. Incidentally, friends, I’m lonely or I wouldn’t be spending my time writing this article. It’s not that I need a girl any more: my girl is the only woman I ever found whose mind I truly admire, I’m a “sapiosexual” man, and basically happier than a clam, now, finally. But she can’t talk with me all the time, she has a lot of responsibilities in her life, and it gets lonely here on the blogosphere. Anyone wanting to email and/or chat is encouraged to contact me at paulfreedom57@gmail.com (if you think the Agency might let your email get through): supporters of Donald Trump are especially encouraged. It seems there is a fine line between sheer brilliance and insanity. Did you know that the man who made the most entries in contribution to the Oxford English Dictionary, over 50,000 entries, did it from an English insane asylum? (I wonder who he pissed off?) Did you ever notice that most of the really famous philosophers of history were basically tragic, lonely old men?? (At least many of them were, like me before my girl came back into my life.) Yes, life can be pretty evil, and pretty absurd.

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Many people think that to be qualified to call yourself an existentialist, you need some sort of deep knowledge or understanding of philosophy. I’m here to tell you, it just ain’t so. Really though, that point of view has some kind of merit. Most existentialists I ever knew were a bunch of intellectual, philosopher type people who went around spouting stuff like “existence precedes essence,” and then proceeding, ad nauseum to educate you in boring ways about just what that means. That’s why most people who understand philosophy are mostly lonely, and deserve your sympathy, maybe. There WAS one particular book on philosophy I read while I was in college back in the seventies, Will Durant’s “The Story of Philosophy,” (Amazon.com), which is really all you need to read to understand most of the great philosophers in history and their ideas. The rest is just for those poor, idealistic-but-unfortunate souls who actually take college classes in philosophy. (Likely the experience ruins them for much of their lives, LOL.) Yes, if you’re that intellectual and lonely, as my optical mineralogy professor used to say, “that’s unfortunate.” Either you made a poor choice in your course selection or else you attend an Ivy League school, I guess.

But really, a lot more people are existentialists than ever realized it. It’s NOT about understanding philosophy, and it’s not about being intellectual in any way at all. The main basis of understanding yourself to be an existentialist is simple a proper and deep understanding of the irony and absurdity of life, especially, perhaps, modern life. It is the sort of deep feeling exemplified by the sentence: “That a life like mine should happen to ME.” If you feel that way, you basically are an existentialist. SEE, you are really an existentialist and didn’t know it. You poor person. For those who have some kind of fierce barn durst to get educated about philosophical existentialism, we have provided one of the better videos about this from PBS, below.

What’s wrong with the world, an intelligent explanation: Actually, I have found that MOST people have a strong understanding of the irony, absurdity and wrongness of life in the modern world (and so could call themselves existentialists, should they actually wish to). The reason is that they simply don’t open their heart up and talk honestly with people in caring, empathetic ways. Most people are taught or learn that it’s not “safe” to do that, and, basically they’re right, unfortunately. But also this is the the ONLY way your going to really actually communicate with decent, intelligent souls, and find a few friend worth having. It’s a messy process, there’s no way to really “get it right,” though there ARE more and less intelligent ways of proceeding to honestly speak from your heart with strangers, with acquaintances, with colleagues, and with friends, and it’s a little different in each case, isn’t it. But to be worthy of doing this, generally you have to go through a lot of sh*t and suffer a good deal of your life. But then, in many ways life is a learning session, a series of lessons God seems to want you to learn. (And by the time in your life that you’ve finally learned the most important lesson (that we need to truly love one another), your live is usually mostly over. The sad thing is that many people never learn this, so the world is a sad, absurdly evil place. But I strongly believe, “love is gathering,” and someday soon, He will come.

Existentialism: Crash Course

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