Existentialism Meaning To Life

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Existentialism is a form of philosophy. It is the philosophy of being. There is no set structure of existentialism. Philosophers examine the nature of existence, this includes the mind and soul. Some of the questions existentialist tries to answer are: If something worth living for is worth dying for, what about something not worth dying for? (Albert Camus), did man create God to have a reason to live? (Fyodor Dostoevsky), does society make women and men different or do we choose our roles? (Simone de Beauvoir), would living forever add meaning to life? (Martin Heidegger), how do you really act in private? (Jean-Paul Sartre) and without love, without people, what is a person? (Franz Kafka).
Our existence makes us define our essence. Each of
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He lives his life like it is his last and the days are only remembered as yesterday and tomorrow. “I hadn’t understood how days could be both long a short at the same time: long to live through, maybe, but so drawn out that they ended up flowing into one another. They lost their names. Only the words ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’ still had any meaning for me” (Camus 80). Meursault does not make attachment with anyone, especially with his mother. The closest attachment he should have had was with his mother but she passes away and he is clearly not moved by her death. He has recognized she is dead but does not show any feelings nor emotions. “Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: “Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.” That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday” (Camus 3). Here Camus introduces Meursault’s emotional indifference and the idea of the meaninglessness of human existence. It shows of the meaning of life is pointless and purposeless. Another example is with Maria. Maria asks Meursault to marry her and to him it made no difference. It did not mean anything to him and he was not sure if he even loved her. Here Meursault lack of attachment highlight his lust toward her and illustrates to us how little people mean to

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