The Limits of Existentialism

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

Our simple seeker was meditating on existentialism.

That is not the usual focus of spiritual meditation.

So what?

As in, who cares?

Yes.

Also, Did you know that your heroes of existentialist
philosophy were French revolutionaries?

Because they were with the underground resistance?

They were more than resisting.

Yes, but in the process of resisting oppression
they were also developing a revolutionary
philosophy of life.

Which came first?

The chicken or the egg?

Yes.

Perhaps they were never separate.

Exactly.

What does that mean?

We hone our skills and our thought and
emotional development, not to mention
spiritual development, in experience.

Then, why were Sartre and Camus
not called experientialists?

Experience is never enough. They
and every deep thinker first must
exist in order to experience
anything.

Were they aware of that?

Of what?

Of the need to exist before …

The name of the school of philosophy
they belonged…

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