Rad note » this entry originated from another page. It was moved here because the subject drifted far enough to warrant its own, separate page, which lets me focus on and reference more easily the concepts under discussion here.
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» Waxing Existential
Since the minute I received the call from my doctor, and especially in the minutes immediately after that moment .. when he told me that I had cancer ..
.. uh, I have been in a very 'existential' state of mind. An existential mood, you might say. But what does that mean?
You cant really help it, you know. You are where you are. You cannot pretend that you are not when you are .. can you?
Both Dostoevsky & Nietzsche, whom I find 'interesting' .. both of them are existentialists.
So this might be a good place for me to discuss my thoughts and views and feelings on the subject. And maybe do a little exploring. Turn over stone or two. Detour down some cobblestone back-alleys at midnight.
Kierkegaard (1813-1855) is generally considered the father of Existentialism. This page says that he might even be the father of modern psychology, too. Quotes. More quotes.
He is probably best known for » Fear & Trembling (1843). More.
Kristen the singer was the one who introduced me to Kierkegaard, who she sorta adopted as her personal religion, so to speak.
On the one hand, the word itself seems so pretentious. Does it not? Existentialism. So full of itself. Which may be part of the reason why I have never researched the topic itself very much (philosophically speaking.)
I only know that there is a strong resonance with some of (many of?) the things that these people have said and done. Tho these people do not seem pretentious at all, do they?
It's difficult to wax pretentious when you're getting your ass kicked.
Here is part of the first paragraph on Existentialism from Wikipedia »
.. late 19th- and 20th-century philosophers who, despite profound doctrinal differences shared the belief that philosophical thinking begins with the HUMAN subject--not merely the thinking subject, but the ACTING, FEELING, LIVING human individual.
In existentialism, the individual's starting point is characterized by what has been called "the existential attitude", or a sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world
Many existentialists have also regarded traditional systematic or academic philosophies, in both style and content, as too abstract and remote from concrete human experience.
Okay, after reading the first paragraph, I am already feeling them .. and how they see things .. how they tend to make sense out of the barrage of information that we humans receive here in the 21st century.
[ We're in the Third Millenium, dawg. The Third Millenium. ]
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