Re: Does existentialism make sense?
- If we grant the assumption that there is no God (either there is or
there isn't but for the sake of a noll hypothsis we can suspend
belief temporarily): Does the creation story become meaningless?
Does language cease to allow for assertions about good and evil?
Does nuturing a loved one cease to be fulfilling? No, no and no.
What is lost without God is certainty. Since the need for reasonable
certainty, if not provided by God, is most likely going to be
provided by culture and tradition, or even brute force, we have a
paradox. Existentialism which advocates individual freedom of choice
may increase conformity by reducing certainty. Once we see that we
need God to justify to the world our free agency, the urgency of
finding that God gives life purpose. Thus choice is the purpose of
life. Not random choice but informed choice. Thus a second purpose
is to acquire the knowledge and wisdom to choose wisely.
Existentialism fits us with a basis for dealing with many
cultural experiences with in one frame work. It also implies the need
to examine other cultures for self-consistency. This effort needs to
be accomplished by a large group of people acting as one, if we want
to impact our world. The study of individual truth is too unwieldy.
To make a philosophy "interesting" many people need to adhere to it.
--- In email@example.com, "endorphinburst"
> I would like to explore some of the main positions ofexistentialism
> to see if they're tenable. First, "existence is meaningless"then "one
> must give one's own life meaning." If existence is meaningless andone
> has given one's life meaning how could existence be meaningless? Itbe
> may that the existentialist position is that there is no meaning to
> found out in the world and that one must create one's own meaning.One
> shouldn't look for some pre-existing rational purpose but chooseone's
> own way of being and that this choice has no rational basis.However,
> we all recognize pleasure to be good and pain to be bad and thatlife
> spent in the pursuit of good and avoidance of bad is reasonable. Soposition
> then decision isn't a groundless endeavor. Then there is the
> that God doesn't exist and the universe has no purpose; the onlysome
> purpose is the one we give it. The universe operates according to
> very elegant mathematical relationships. The order of the universethought
> gives some evidence of a creative hand at work though the nature of
> that creation may be different from what some ancient peoples
> it to be. The analogy between man's creations and the universe usedto
> prove God's existence may not be perfect given lack of perfectso
> similarity between the two but it still has some weight. So an
> atheistic conclusion doesn't seem warranted. In fact, a theistic
> conclusion is supported by stronger arguments than an atheitic one
> it's more likely that God exists than not.