Fourth Week of August-Existence Precedes Essence

One of the most important themes in existentialism is the fate of the individual in acquiring his or her answer to the meaning of life.

The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sarte declared our “existence precedes our essence.”

We are not born with a pre-established essence (a definition, purpose or goal) provided by some higher power or institution; rather, we must provide our own, freely chosen purpose to life. We exist first, and we then determine our meaning or essence.

Monty Python and Philosophy

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