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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Thought of the day...

"Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does."

Jean-Paul Sartre


Blogger A. Cabral said...

It is broadly true, in the historical and collective context. But in the strict subjective sense it is simplistic.

Still, as a moral discourse I want nothing else.

9:49 AM

Blogger Goncaluskas said...

It is shame not many people want to be free in the way Sartre defines freedom. That kind of freedom goes together with total responsability for your acts, putting you in charge of everything that happens to you. Not many people have the courage to go that far.

10:02 AM

Anonymous daviduskas said...

Let us not forget, though, that Sartre formulated this concept while France was under German ocupation. In that sense, and in those days, you were condemned to be free: either you cooperated with the germans or you fought them. It was prety much a black and white world were doing nothing would be considered an act of colaborationism.

Today things have changed. Anyone would care to elaborate further on that?

11:13 AM

Blogger Ana A. said...

Concordo com o Gonçaluskas. Nem todos - se calhar, nem 0.1% da Humanidade - tem tomates para assumir, na íntegra, aquilo que faz.
E o que se faz, nem sempre é bom e bonitinho...
Mas, acho eu, é a única forma que o ser humano tem de estar em contacto consigo mesmo e crescer...a verdade tem sempre de ser o ponto de partida para as nossas vidas. Isto é, se não queremos viver uma farsa...
A vida custa. Mas é gira, na mesma!

3:07 PM

Anonymous daviduskas said...

Pois. Agora dizes. Gracias. Nao tem de que

6:10 PM

Blogger A. Cabral said...

I doubt if it ever is black and white. Not when you have friends on both sides of a war. Most of the time YOU have to draw the line around who you stand with and who not. Existencialism is so honest, because it acknowledges you need to live with the burden of that choice, with the angst of it. You are either an automaton that obeys the orders of big brother, or you EXIST and the weight of existencial doubt haunts you. But at least you exist, you have claimed your freedom.

8:06 AM

Blogger Goncaluskas said...

Moerover, and this is my own take on it. When you assume responsability for who you are you also realise how unimportant you are in the grand schemme of things. It is being able to recognise that you are not that important that is hard for most people to swallow. I know many people that always talk about themselves and their problems, as if they were the only people in the world that have problems. They have great difficulty in visualising the world outside of themselves. In summary: They are self centered.

11:02 AM

Blogger A. Cabral said...

True! There is a shared human plight, human condition.

11:30 AM


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