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I Am An Existentialist

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    I Wasn't A Very Good Existentialist On Saturday

    Last Saturday I was on a senior center trip to a mill. Usually these trips are fun.  But on this one, the driver/tour guide told us about another trip where someone got left behind.  The van did not go back to pick her up.  I asked him what happened then?  And he said, "Well...
    Jamarian Jamarian 70+, F 1 Response Aug 27, 2012

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    I had an existential breakthrough.

    I understand consciousness I understand everything The answer to life is so frighteningly, hilariously, ridiculously simple. I have no more questions. I'm done. I reached the finish line. At 24 years old. This was a ten year process. Of questioning God and religion and...
    stephenmj12 stephenmj12 22-25, M 4 Responses Oct 24

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    I Miss the Magic

    and the mystery and the sense of awe that once so consummed me as a child now so derided by the adult life ive grown into and secretly despise--hoping that change is around the bend, over the river and through my mind.   i wondered, as i sat...
    meeeese meeeese 31-35 4 Responses Jun 17, 2009

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    I Love Existentialist Movies

    The best existentialist movie I've seen is Port Djema.  I don't think this film has been issued on DVD or VHS, unfortunately.  But it is probably occasionally still shown at film festivals.   Anyhoo, I was stunned by this movie.  It's filmed in Africa somewhere, and is about...
    Jamarian Jamarian 70+, F 2 Responses Feb 26, 2012

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    If You Claim To Be An Existentialist- You Probably Are Not One!

    The first time I heard the term existentialiasm was while in deep therapy with a psychologist. He told me that I had an exististentialistic style of thinking and I had no idea what he was even talking about. I was just thinking like I have always thought throughout my life...
    itsalljustbs itsalljustbs 46-50, M 9 Responses Mar 7, 2010

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    The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus The gods

    had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor. If one believes Homer, Sisyphus was the...
    FullCircleO FullCircleO 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 9

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    My Perspective On Existentialism

    THE EXISTENTIALIST PERSPECTIVE As identified by David E. Roberts in Existentialism and Religious Belief * (1959) Oxford University Press; codified and somewhat updated [and personalized for her own use]**  by Jamarian1.  Existentialism warns against worshiping science. a...
    Jamarian Jamarian 70+, F Aug 27, 2012

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    Kittens Can Give Life Purpose

    Smoky my cat went and got herself pregnant and for the last few days she has acted odd. She tried to climb in my sock drawer last night and then crawled under my bed covers which she has never done before. She finally laid down on the bed by me last night as I was looking...
    itsalljustbs itsalljustbs 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 8, 2010

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    peza peza 46-50, M 3 Responses May 29, 2013

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    It Is Not All Doom and Gloom

    I have been an existentialist for many, many years. When we are honest with ourselves, contemplating our existence, we find oursleves isolated, alone with the uncertainty and apparent lack of meaning.  But it is not neccessarily true that there is no meaning, it is that...
    IamIam IamIam 46-50, M 20 Responses Nov 26, 2007

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    Searching For the Meaning of Existence

    There used to be a time when I believed in God. Yes, it's true. I didn't go to church and wasn't outwardly religious, but inside I felt there was some sort of being 'out there' that guided us all and provided our lives with a sense of purpose. And then stuff happens, as always...
    TheParanoidAndroid TheParanoidAndroid 16-18, M 10 Responses Dec 14, 2007

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    The Fine Line Between Existentialism And Nihilism

    Fellow beings,First of all: English is not my native language, so if you happen to come across rather unnaturally build sentences, well, then you know why.Actually, I do not specifically want to adress something...I just want to circle around the subject of existentialism, let my...
    Reflux Reflux 31-35, M 4 Responses Jun 17, 2011

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    I Think It Describes My Views On Life Best

    I believe in the absolute freedom of humans. Even with a gun to your head you are merely coerced towards one option. I do not believe in a soul or God. They are unnecessary distractions from reality. I believe life has no inherent purpose or value. I believe that we must find...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 24, 2012

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    Kierkegaard Bugs Me

    His existential angst is based on his relationship to a deity that precludes choices . Damnation or salvation. That's awfully reductionist. But I respect the conflicts he had. When you throw a belief in a deity into the mix, doesn't it just smack of predestination, no choice...
    angsty angsty 61-65, F 6 Responses Aug 28, 2011

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    Defining Our Own Purpose In Life:

    If a singer cannot sing then the singer has to find a new identity and new purpose in life. I have been a driven and hard working individual battered by meaningless random events leading me to deeply question my identity and place in society. If I cannot do what I used to do then...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 5, 2013

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    Yes, the Search For Meaning!

    my particular interest is in the subject of grief, and i completely believe that the way grief gets reconciled is to find a meaning for it.  whether it fits into one's original spiritual/philosophical story or belief system is irrelevant....  maybe the story will have...
    pandora1999 pandora1999 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 9, 2007

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    Being

    I resist aligning myself to a philosophy of life but existentialism is so absurd it has always been my favourite. Four either/or paradoxesLife vs Death -  I don't accept my inevitable death or I wouldn't waste my time doing stuff that doesn't add to the quality of my life...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 2 Responses Feb 14, 2011

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    Am Getting Rather Unapoletigc Abotu It

    Like... I owe you an explaination? I don't owe anyone. Society was awful to me. Religion failed me and so did my peers. often and frequently. I aws bullied awfully and now it turns back around and asks me why It owes me my social security check Life itself was not a gift, it was...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix 26-30, M Dec 18, 2012

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    Some Other Random Dude Put It Best

    As I sit here drunk and contemplative I also wonder why the earth's 1000+ religions and scientists have not reached a compromising solution to the problem of existence. I myself have figured out the meaning of life some time ago.The meaning of life is Life. If...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix 26-30, M Dec 18, 2012

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    Well More Of A Humanist

    My main linkage to Existentialism is my questions about the existence oe non-existence of god. I am leaning to non-existence but I think there had to be some sort of creator. Hard for me to reconcil the two ways that I think.
    bvb1123 bvb1123 41-45, M Dec 31, 2010

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    Lately

    i have been struggling with how to live an authentic life and not alienate others.  i sit now, on a friday night (peer-pressure at 26?) bec i am terrified of experiencing with my friends the rejection as i have received as of late from my family.  yet this is no sob...
    meeeese meeeese 31-35 4 Responses Jun 13, 2009

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    I have an existence problem.

    I believe people are better off without my presence? 0.0
    intrvrtdthing intrvrtdthing 22-25, M Aug 27

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    Isn't Existentialism,

    an experience project? Or is experience "false", in the solipsist's or Buddhist's sense?
    NuclearELDER NuclearELDER 41-45, M May 19

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    You can't count consciousness.

    It has no physical components. Our physical, finite terms and rules don't apply to it. It's something human beings experience individually, as far as we can see, in this physical, finite experience of the world. But since consciousness is not part of this physical realm, those...
    stephenmj12 stephenmj12 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 21

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    How I Found This Site.

    I was actually looking for an existentialist chat room, because it hadn't occurred to me to look for "experiences". But I am very proud of myself, because it is my first time looking for something like this, and I think I did well. :) If this is usable, time will tell, but I like...
    AsksandAnswers AsksandAnswers 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 17, 2013

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    Unlooked For Interest

    I'd like to start by asking has anyone else tried, and maybe succeeded, in encountering nothing on purpose? I think I managed it once, but it was under circumstances that don't usually occur in my life. I took an existentialism class in college and was completely uninterested at...
    Invisibleish Invisibleish 18-21 2 Responses Jun 29, 2009

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    Enlightened

    A few weeks ago, I decided to look up the word "existensialism" out of curiosity. What I saw in the results had completely enlightened me. After reading several results from several different internent sources, I realized that this philosophy described the way I viewed the world...
    heccytrujillo heccytrujillo 18-21, M 4 Responses Aug 7, 2011

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    In the Still of the Night

     I spent many nights as a child trying to figure out the meaning of my life. I spent nights in the dark looking out the window...sudenly in the still of that moment I felt touched by the very meaning of that life. I never heard a word, nothing could answer my questions, but...
    eaglescorpio eaglescorpio 22-25, F Jun 17, 2009

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    Josef Green

     My name is Josef Green. I don't think my experience can really be summed up in one blog post. I've been trying to write about it for over two years now on lonewolfninja.wordpress.com  I'm 20 years old. I currently serve in the United States Navy as an IT in Italy, but...
    JosefGreen JosefGreen 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 25, 2009

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    Living An Authentic Life...

    So I've embarked on this journey.  I think I've figured out what truly has meaning for me.  But not sure exactly how to get to where I want to go.  So far I've been burning too many bridges and not building enough new ones.  Sometimes I fear that I may...
    dan888 dan888 26-30, M 5 Responses Jun 10, 2009

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    What Would You Tell The World? (movie filming)

    Hello everyone , Firstly I'd really like to say what a fantastic (and important) site I think this is. As a new member I've taken great joy in reading through the very interesting and hugely insightful posts I've come across already. My name is Perry and I'm a filmmaker...
    perryjohn perryjohn 26-30 May 29, 2012

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    No Excuses!

    That's the part of existentialism that makes me really happy. Existentialism says everything we do is motivated by a choice. Everything happens because we choose that thing to happen. Blaming problems on God is just complete and simple cowardice.
    girlanonymous girlanonymous 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 4, 2011

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    Patchwork Set of Beliefs

    I hope someone in this forum can help me. Please correct me if I have misunderstood, but existentialism tells us that human reason is inadequate to understand the world, that it only replaces the outside reality with a different inner one. But because of my training, I can't...
    deleted deleted 26-30 14 Responses Dec 28, 2007

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    Existentialism? Don'T Get Me Sartred! Lol

    Found this site and forum while searching for Existentialist forums which are about as elusive as a perfect or final definition of Existentialism itself. Aside from forums full of college students trying to understand what they're studying because it's part of their course...
    MauvaiseFoiPasPlus MauvaiseFoiPasPlus 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 4, 2013

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    Camus And Dostoyevsky: Damn Them Or Thank Them?

    The angels of God or perhaps even God himself gave the gift of tongues during fervent prayer as church members prayed over me. Nothing came to me and I felt the pressure to produce something that didn't exist at all; I began to speak jibberish. Shortly there after I read Camus...
    typerdie typerdie 51-55, F Jan 22, 2013

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    Now I Know What I Am

    Many years ago, in a restaurant with my friends, we discussed philosophy. At some point, one of my friends exclaimed "Well, you're an existentialist!". My older brother was a student at a Jesuit college when I was a pre-teen. I'd tear through his library. Dostoevsky, Turgenev...
    angsty angsty 61-65, F 4 Responses Aug 20, 2011

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    Was It Worth It, After All?

    to be honest, i'd really love to say im a recovered existentialist. the truth is, i am, at least partly. im not trying to kill myself anymore. not today anyway, and probably not tomorrow. though it wouldnt take much. i'd like to write a great story, and i could, if i only cared...
    lovepeacepoetry lovepeacepoetry 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2009

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