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Existentialism with Calvin and Hobbes

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Hyeongeun Park

on 13 June 2013

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Transcript of Existentialism with Calvin and Hobbes

Existentialism does not have a specific definition but is loosely defined as the belief and focus of the human individual and individual responsibility. The following are the seven basic principles of existentialism (aforementioned, existentialism does not have a precise meaning so some of these principles will vary depending on the existentialist.)
Existence before Essence
Existentialism 101
The first principle of Existentialism refers to the belief that one must realize one's own independence and individuality before one can truly make an "essence" or a meaning for him or herself. It focuses on the fact that one must make a meaning for themselves and that one is responsible for their own actions.
Reason
Human reason and logic is not enough to explain the human feelings and experiences. The second principle focuses on the idea that human logic is not something that can make sense of all obstacles or issues. It opposes things that are absolute and refuses to believe that humans are or can be totally objective.
Nothingness
The fifth principle refers to the nothingness or emptiness that Man works against in order to find his existence. And because Man is estranged and alone, he realizes the world's indifference to humanity. Nothing is pre-determined or planned, one must make that plan for oneself.
Estrangement
The third principle explains man's own individuality and alienation from all others. It centers around one's isolation from society and one's true self and the belief in one's own responsibility. Man is alienated and alone in order to find one's true existence and essence in this world that cannot be explain with his or her own human logic.
Freedom
The sixth principle of existentialism states that because Man is alone and the world is indifferent, Man has the right and the freedom to make his or her own choices and nobody is able to take this away from Man. One must make decisions for themselves and no choice is not one's own. However, with this responsibility of freedom, one must build a meaning for themselves.
What is Existentialism?
Anxiety
Man, alone and solely responsible, is afraid and trembling because of the weight of his own responsibility. By accepting his or her own existence and freedom of choice, one creates fear in oneself due to the burden of making moral choices.
Absurd
Man is absurd as is the world. The universe is not governed or controlled; it does not provide humanity with explanations or security. It is not comfortable or understanding. However, humans still attempt to make sense of what the world is, regardless of their absurdity.
With Calvin and Hobbes
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