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How to make a future from an absurd present?

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  • trop_de_simones
    There is no justification for present existence other than its expansion into an indefinitely open future. In particular those who are condemned to
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 3 7:18 AM
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      "There is no justification for present existence other than its
      expansion into an indefinitely open future."

      In particular those who are condemned to stagnation are often
      pronounced happy on the pretext that happiness consists in being at
      rest. This notion we reject, for our perspective is that of
      existentialist ethics. Every subject plays his part as such
      specifically through exploits or projects that serve as a mode of
      transcendence; he achieves liberty only through a continual reaching
      out towards other liberties. There is no justification for present
      existence other than its expansion into an indefinitely open future.
      Every time transcendence falls back into immanence, stagnation, there
      is a degradation of existence into the `en-sois' – the brutish life
      of subjection to given conditions – and of liberty into constraint
      and contingence. This downfall represents a moral fault if the
      subject consents to it; if it is inflicted upon him, it spells
      frustration and oppression. In both cases it is an absolute evil.
      Every individual concerned to justify his existence feels that his
      existence involves an undefined need to transcend himself, to engage
      in freely chosen projects.

      Simone de Beauvoir
      The Second Sex
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