I adore the idea of free choice: I think it explains a lot of things. Am I an existentialist, though? No longer! My existential Psychology professor really only gave me a half-baked impression of existentialism. Little did I realize, the famous line which defines the philosophy, “existence precedes essence” actually ends up blotting out my connection with THE real God, my creator (and no, I ain’t referrin’ to myself). I did not choose to have the power to choose–God did.
The way existentialism messes things up, is really quite easy to understand: ESSENCE must actually precede (my) existence, or at least IMMEDIATELY coincide with it. (Otherwise, how do I exist APART from the absolute truth that I presently exist?) Truly if anything comes before or after anything, my existence comes AFTER the essence of my non-divine, human nature. To say that “I” existed BEFORE my human nature (essence), is to call me… yes that’s right–but I’ll let the reader finish the logical conclusion for themself. (Here’s a hint: it is “pure” relativism, based on whatsoevereth thou mighteth desireth!) A number of parallels springs up here, too: reincarnation, solipsism, and the like. And of course now, secular humanism here we come!
I’d warmly welcome any essential human soul telling me why I’m wrong here. Perhaps you could even tell me how a human soul, in its essence of being a human soul, could exist as a soul, APART from first being a soul… see, yeah: it doesn’t really make much sense to me, but maybe a more “experienced” person could enlighten me.
p.s. the reason I am mentioning this philosophy on this message board, is because at one time I kinda thought maybe I could put existentialism with Catholicism. :rolleyes: Whatever…