Origins of Bad faith
- In the Sartrean scheme between existence on the one hand and essence
on the other, it seems to me that 'essence', is where Bad Faith
occurs. Well, essence 'has no' locus, but is the negational
aspect, but the place where the negation takes place as a nothing, is
pretty much between the ears. At least, that is the popular
notion, that even though the For-itself is saturated throughout the
totality of one's ownmost being, I become aware-of-itself in my
senses-of-consciousness. While Sartre may not have used the phrase,
mental deception, it seems alluded to. Where else would the deception
occur except as a cerebreal activity, in our 'thinking brain'. Bad
Faith arising, does so in the mind, which Sartre refered to
the Being-For-Itself, which includes the 'mind' or mindfulness.
Running with Parmenides notion that 'thinking and being' being the
same; i.e., how would we even know we are here-in-the-world without
the basic cogitos; the thinking functions between our ears.
But as to the deception of bad faith, a self-deception, put into a non
techincal language, could be stated this way; whatever
magnifies-itself-in-your-mind (as your mind), that causes you, by
yourself, to deceive yourself, is Bad Faith. It could be accepted by
the majority, it could even seem normal, but if it fundamentally
falsifies your perception and in turns causes you to live a less
authentic life; IMHO, this is bad faith. I am not sure if we fully
understand the farest reaches of this authentic life.
In a "normal" way, we abnormally fixate on this normal life we live,
and when we do, even the loss of our own freedom can seem so right.