Re: [The Existential Society] Re: Some base questions i am struggling with.
> After all there are no right actions orExistential choices are made primarily from internal
> wrong actions, there are just actions. You must make
> your actions
> your choice, and those actions should be free from
> everything except
> your individuality, and knowing how free you are.
feelings. Most choices have consequences.
Existentialism does not need to be amoral. Choosing
between equally moral actions is true freedom. I can
be existential and still define immoral actions as
actions that in the past have generally led
undesirable consequences. I can feel abortion to be
wrong without having to come up with a rational
> I don't see how it is remotely possible for atheist
> to beA son who goes against his parent's wishes to become a
> existential in thought and action.
CPA (and inherit the family business), to work as a
habitat for humanity volunteer is exercising his free
agency. Is this choice rational?
A theist can also see a world that is amoral and
absurd due to individual and institutionalized evils.
Religion has as its greatest necessity the task of
predicting good and bad behaviors. If rational
thought leads to absurd abuse of power, the challenge
to such and authority may be triggered by pure
The poet or prophet is like the canary in a coal mine.
The bird dies from carbon-monoxide before anyone else
notices a problem. He or she senses the true morality
of existence and alerts the rest of us earthling about
his or her perception of the problems.
Rational thought is what allows us to get to the
ski-lodge on a day with good conditions and with all
the right equipment. A love of skiing is not so
> If oneIf you tell me you experience no God, I must believe
> does not believe
> in truth than that would be bad faith, however how
> do you define
> truth? through perceptions? The only things i know
> to be true are
> the things i experience, the thoughts i have, so
> therefore those are
> the only things i believe. So if i believe god does
> not exist than
> its that simple to my perception, god doesn't exist.
you. But I wonder how you can feel safe in a world
where no advice is possible? Don't you believe that
some people have greater insights than yourself? If
someone could interpret the wisdom of the ages to
meet your specific needs, won't you listen? To me
that is what God is all about. To make choices is my
responsibility. But having studied out a plan, I can
have a quiet time with God to see if I have overlooked
anything important. God is like our best self trying
to realize its full potential. Religion can be
repressive, but Jesus more of an existentialist than
you or I can hope to be. His choices were often
unpopular, but he didn't cave in.
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