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Basic Tenets of Absurdism

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Marie Pablo

on 23 October 2013

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Transcript of Basic Tenets of Absurdism

Absurdism- The "tragic sense of life"
What is absurdism?
A philosophical concept that refers to man's attempt to find reason in his life which is thwarted by his humanly limited constraints- a divorce between man and his life. When humans try to seek the meaning of life, it can lead to one of two conclusions: either that life has no meaning, or that a higher power/god has created an essential purpose within life for humanity to find and follow.

Absurdism can be encountered in day-to-day life through six examples.
Instance #1
Can be described as "feeling the void". Which is when one truly thinks about nothing.
Instance #2
Can be described as mechanical living. The repitition of daily work can create a sense of futility- uselessness or pointlessness.
Instance #3
A person becomes aware of time passing and begins to make plans for a better future. This in itself is absurd and nonsensical because people are actually caught in time.
Instance #4
Is when people perceive a familiar object differently because they have a different understanding of it. This can be considered as feeling solitary in a world in which we have nothing in common with others
Instance #5
We have an acute feeling of isolation between our fellow humans and ourselves, and we become confused when we perceive human beings as non-humans.
Instance #6
The final instance is death and the emotional response it evokes within us.
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