Originally posted by Serendipity
To make the most of your life you need to aim for authenticity.
Ah, oh curious one, let me explain...
you are born into this world a tabla rasa, you are then programmed with cultural ideologies and psycholgical pain, through your upbringing and so on. So although it feels as if you have free wil ...[text shortened]... oined the nazi party, we had to pull him out and re-educate him.
Ah, an existentialist! But does this not mean that we still have some ability to choose within the constraints of our existential condition? And is not any other understanding of “free will,” as applied to human beings, simply silly?
Another existentialist, Jose Ortega y Gasset, said: “Man [sic] is the only animal that needs to create himself.” Nietzsche also, I think, regarded the philosopher as an artist who is his own work-in-progress (an unorthodox definition, no doubt). [Leslie Paul Thiele, Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of the Soul
; of course, Nietzsche seemed quite willing to contradict himself.] In this sense, is not existential authenticity the willingness to take on this challenge, even in an otherwise meaningless world? (There are theistic existentialists, who don’t necessarily view the world as meaningless, per se.) And how can we do that without some free exercise of will?
Even amor fati
is a choice...