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Basic Tenets of Absurdism
Transcript of Basic Tenets of Absurdism
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.
Can be described as "feeling the void". Which is when one truly thinks about nothing.
Can be described as mechanical living. The repitition of daily work can create a sense of futility- uselessness or pointlessness.
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.
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
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.
The final instance is death and the emotional response it evokes within us.