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Existentialism"Existence precedes essence" (a phrase coined by twentieth century French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre) is perhaps the best way to describe existentialism. Although there are several different forms of existentialism, the one thing they all have in common is their belief that there is no ultimate truth or that there is but humans can never fully grasp it--the former view being much more popular today. Perhaps the best book to read for understanding existentialism is Sartre's magnum opus, Being and Nothingness. Yet existentialism is far more extensive than just one book. To fully understand the philosophy it must be deconstructed and then put back together.
Existentialism can be seen partially as a reaction to the ideas of Hegel and Nietzsche—the latter being a kind of proto-existentialist. Modern existentialism can trace its roots back to Kiekegaard and Sartre. The philosophy can be said to be a successor of phenomenology, the philosophy, which states that being is the underlying reali
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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