What is an Existential Crisis – Free Ebook

One of touching signs of the influence of philosophy on everyday life. Is that people can sometimes be heard to complain that they’re Going through something what they call A Existential Crisis. Man: “Noo!” (Dramatic music) The phrase maybe used rather casually and vaguely but it nether the less- Touches on one of the major traditions of European philosophy Closely associated with the ideas of five philosophers In particular . And (Boxing bell rings)Those these figures disagreed on many things it is possible of five of their thoughts To come to a coherent view of what a Existential crisis really is (twinkles) And when it might therefore be helpful to refer to ourselves As going through …. ( Inspirational music ) (Inspirational music continuous) (funky music ) (whoosh……..whoosh,whoosh ) The crisis is marked by five distinctive features (Whoosh…Whoosh) ( Footsteps) Firstly it’s a period when a lot that previously seem like common sense or normal Reveal it’s contingent, chance, uncanny and relative nature. (Dramatic music) For example, we might start to wonder “Why do we live in (THIS) part of the world?” “Rather than (ANY) other?” “Why we’re doing (THIS) job and (NOT) somethings else?” “Why are we with (THIS) partner and following (THIS) set of social norms In short we realized rather disturbingly there are far more options under the surface Than we normally allow ourselves to imagine….. We are more free than we thought Secondly, this revelation is acutely in anxiety inducing Man:(distress crying) Recognition of our freedom doesn’t bring with it calm quite the opposite Man:(distress crying) We recognize we’ve been deluding ourselves about what (HAD) to be. No one (Really) cares quite as much as we thought about what we are and what had choosen to do We could change everything around (Seagulls calling) We could come to a disturbing awareness that our ultimate responsiblity Is to ourselves (NOT) the social world Thirdly, we develop a heightened awareness of death. Time is short and running out, we need to re-examine our lives But the clock is ticking ever loud (footsteps) Fourthly, and cruciaily for(All) the existential philosophers We have many chooses but are by the nature of human condition Denied the information we would need to choose with ultimate wisdom with certainty We are forced to decide and can never be assured that we’ve done so adequately We are steering blind And Therefore we can be guranteed to make a lot of mistakes The condition of a mankind is to have to plot our course in the dark without adequate reason or incite This leads to another favorite word for the Existentialist (Crowed cheers) Anxiety The human condition is to be anxious Not about ” This or that” particular thing but is a basic feature of our lives Because we must always choose without any security that we’ve chosen well and without sufficient time To explore the options This can call all sound paralyzing conspiracy Man: (distress yelling) Yet the existential philosophers don’t mean to depress us. They want to learn dignity and grandeur To dilemmas which we too often we think of harsh alone And therefore Feel ashamed about some personal curse When they are in fact Fundamental features of the human condition Which are immobile us when we considered them with sufficient depth (Music plays) (Music plays) (Music plays) The existentialist offer us A useful corrective to a normal Pernicious view that intelligent Choice might be possible and untragic in Structure An existential approach tempers The modern sentimental notion That perfection is within reach (tire screeches) Man : (Cries) (Drives off) Is that you suffer from agony of choice isn’t some anomaly its one of the most predictable and poignant things About being alive (whoosh) This is a message we benefit from hearing Quite often because what helps With regret is the knowledge that in fact Every life is burden by it In some shape or form (Music plays) (Music plays ) ( Woman singing in french)( Record scratch) The regret free life only exist in movies and songs The way to diminish our anxiety and panick Is to alleviate the sense that one had the options to choose correctly but failed A degree of disappointment Is as a existentialist philosopher So beautifully admitted It’s simply a human condition.

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