Existentialism Is A Humanism Analysis

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Growing up we all possess a natural youthfulness in our minds, we easily have the ability to imagine, create, explore, etc. This creativity is stopped by nothing, as we are all so ambitious at a grade school age. My grandmother is a 4th grade assistant teacher, seldomly I visit her at work. I often do so after leaving university, attending my personal classes. More often then not I find myself asking “why”. Why do I have to take this class? Why am I in my major of choice? Why am I repeating the same actions daily, weekly? Why? One visit my grandmother asked her students “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Thankfully, I happened to be there, in one of my existential crisis’s; the answers provided humbled me and left me in awe. All the …show more content…
This becomes increasingly difficult as we mature, as we encounter more issues in our daily lives. We seem to become limited. It is easy to become chained to a simplistic view of our aspirations in our youth. As Sartre taught us in his book “Existentialism Is a Humanism” we are free. We are free to create anything we wish to create from our lives. This ideology goes hand in hand with my belief in creativity as to be creative is to be free. Free from all barriers life throws at us. Seeking and living by this mode of thought through life allows man to truly bring about. Man has the opportunity to exist in a world surrounded by inspiration, encounter foreign people, thoughts, objects, etc., search for what we feel is missing, after all of this man may define himself. All of this is possible based on the asininity of life. A second point Sartre explored is the fact that nothing is pre-determined. Nothing we encounter was meant to be there, nothing was supposed to create a certain emotion; everything is a blank page waiting for man to write and create. The randomness of life brings opportunity to shape any life man wishes to …show more content…
Yet, looking again, at grade school children they have a tendency to easily make friends, share, and coexist. In my belief these children are the definition of a free life, willing to create and be optimistic. Essentially, existentialism is pluralistic optimism. To engage in this optimism is to submit to the absurdity of life, allowing oneself to explore and define himself. Optimism, randomness, and freedom are all seemingly simplistic words, easy to spell, easy to remember; however, these three words have the ability to drive and empower an individuals life, if we consciously choose and formulate our life into what we aspire to

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