So, this post will be the beginning of that — the new regime of concise posting. This post will be the shortest post I have written so far, in which I’d like, simply, to point out, using bullet points, what I believe to be true quality of existentialism:
- Living ONLY in the present: Because paying too much attention to the the time following the moment of speaking or writing (also known as “future”) future, which we tend to do, thanks to the imagination endowment upon us by capitalism. It’s the feeling of wanting to “possess the capability to control the uncertainty of life” here that I think is extremely and therefore unhealthily hypothetical — the speculative nature of something that might never happen. Thinking about the future, in essence, a true waste of time. Paying too much attention to the past, on the other hand, is only useful insofar as one can draw crucial lessons from it in order to thrive, but apart from that thinking about the past is not helpful by any moral of self-help standards;
- Living PURELY stoically: Because being a stoic is to be in the present. The additional merit to the idea of stoicism is that, by living like a stoic, we won’t be swayed by any external impulses, such as the objects of temporary beauty to the eyes, to the belly, and to the genital. We want to see through that. Stoicism also helps us prepare for the worst. Things will not always be what we want, so we might as well be prepared for those things so that when they come, we can deal with them;
- Believing TRULY that there is no such thing as a role model: As Friedrich Nietzsche writes, “God is dead,” which, by that, he implies that God may have lived (since for someone to die, that person has to first live) but God is no longer there because the society has changed so much and that we have gathered so much knowledge to exercise our ability to reason to the point that we do not need God anymore. God, in this sense, is a role model, which we shouldn’t be looking for anymore because the more we’re looking for it, the more we’re being chained to a static template of moral reasoning (which, given to us by whom anyway?);
- Being OPENLY responsible for one’s own actions: Because it’s falsely immature to think that there will always be someone who is accountable for the consequences of what your action. Thinking that there’s someone who will always be there to catch you when you fall will make you not wanting to be free;
- Being ABSOLUTELY free: We aren’t free if we simply follow scriptures, traditions long practiced, or natural inclination. We’re chained, also, to our self-impose immaturity. To be genuinely free, it would mean that we shall be able to come up with our own rules based on reason, and to be able to follow them rigorously;
- Being, ALWAYS, thankful for everything around you: Because you “want to live a life,” and not just to have a life (for which your role is to take it from birth to death). To “live a life” you need to be able to appreciate, learn from, and be thankful for more than just things, people, and the ideas that could give you immediate material benefits. To live a life is to be appreciative of the fact that you are living one, not to simply being in the physical body trying to not end its course too prematurely.