18 and hot-blooded. I might dispense useful information once in a while



existentialism is concerned with finding self and the meaning of life through free will, choice and responsibility. The belief is that people are searching to find out who and what they are throughout life as they make choices based on their experiences, beliefs, and outlook. And personal choices become unique without the necessity of an objective form of truth.
You are. Because?
My personal take is that nobody is unique. everyone is just product of influences. We pick up pieces from everywhere that we desire and piece them up together, producing our "unique self".

A rose is not just a rose, not just a rose and not just a rose! It is made up of petals, branches, thorns and leaves and is shaped by mother nature and fertilisers!

Our opinions and attitudes are shaped by our environment and early nurturers.
terrible experiences can also shape a person's life.

For example, I grew up in an environment with strong Chinese influences and had alot of thou shalt nots and confucian admonitions wtf but ok to be fair, I was also sheltered with family warmth.

Asked to save more and spend less...preference of social harmony instead of dissent and collectivism over individualism.

After that I had western education and was geared with something else. Yes, the power to challenge.
We're shaped by the type of family we're in and the country we're in. Nationalism and patriotism.

And I see that people who come out from fundamental christian families are more dogmatic haha, believing that dinosaurs are works of the devil wtf.
And people who watch gossip girls extensively tends to be more corrupted.

Having Taiwanese blood of course I support Kuomintang over CCP! And don't ever insult Taiwan irrationally or dont drink bubble tea and switch off your laptop right now! (80% of computer products are manufactured in taiwan).

And being and arts student makes me more analytical and less unscientific??? Er..

And the human free will is limited and our desired choices are mostly not acted out because there's conflict between following one's dreams and clamping down on them in order to assimilate into society. Man does not live alone and have to take into consideration of how society functions.
Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls his own life, Ender. The best you can do is choose to be controlled by good people, by people who love you.---Valentine from Ender's game
But as we become adults, we have increasing freedom to choose how we want to be influenced. Previously, pieces of ourselves was fitted by our authoritative figures and now we have the freedom to find the puzzle pieces again and piece them in ourselves.

We can choose to discern and receive what type of education we want receive. Migrate. Choose our own job. Get our own social circle and even migrate to a new society with different customs and rules. We fit in. Then get influenced.
Ultimately, I am a firm believer of objectivism.
Objectivism holds that reality exists independent of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive and deductive logic, that the proper moral purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness or rational self-interest
Although Ayn rand's books are deemed as the bible for right-wing losers by the simpsons haha.
The past is indicative. choices define us. With our hands, we pick the truth
Anyway, here's a little joke.
Taoism: Shit happens Hare krishna: Shit happens Rama Rama Ding Ding Hinduism: This shit has happened before Christianity: That shit happens is the will of god Zen: What is the sound of shit happening? Existentialism: Shit doesn't happen; shit is Buddhism: When shit happens, is it really shit? Confucianism: Confucius say, "Shit happens" Judaism: Why does this shit always happen to us? Atheism: Bullshit!

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Mike said...

There are only 6 notes, but every melody is unique. Aren't we such melodies - built from the same basic elements of needs and wants, but mixed with unique experiences and influences, to become who we are.

Ultimately, I think we should merit every philosophical school by how helpful it is in our real life.
Objectivism claims that success is all we need to be happy - and we shouldn't be ashamed of it. I don't think it's true, but even if it is, is that all we want to be? Piggishly happy?

We need much more than success, even more than happiness - we need meaning. And meaning rarely can be achieved by life devoted to selfish interest.

Here is an existential look on the question of life:

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