Jean Paul Sartre

The French Philosopher of renown Jean Paul Sartre believed that to relinquish ones personal responsibility by blaming outside forces for ones decisions is a form of intellectual suicide.

One of the essential ideas of Sartre was the idea known as Bad Faith, he considered bad faith to be any sort of belief that denies that oneself has the responsibility for ones choices and hence the responsibility for the situation one is in.

http://web.ku.edu/~acudd/phil140-s20/sld001.htm

There is confluence between the ideas of Jean Paul Sartre and the American philosopher William Walker Atkinson. Both believed that people are ultimately personally responsible for their destiny. Sartre believed that people were condemned to freedom.

Atkinson stressed the importance of consciously choosing the thoughts one thinks, treat ones thoughts as a work of art and view oneself as the artist.

http://www.thoughtvibrations.com/

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5 Responses to Jean Paul Sartre

  1. The Jane English and Gia Fu Feng translation.

    http://www.daily-tao.com/

  2. Hauser says:

    One other perspective I have found usefull is the saying that “Noboby owes you anything”. I have heard alot of it but I think it was a column by Vox day that made me realise the significance of the saying. The world, people and God dont really owe me anything so any kind of generosity on their part is a source of greatfullness.

  3. janoklark says:

    My grandmother said, there are no victims. People get what they deserve.

  4. tryingtobeagoodman says:

    “Atkinson stressed the importance of consciously choosing the thoughts one thinks, treat ones thoughts as a work of art and view oneself as the artist.”

    This seems like good advice to me.

    There are a lot of people who believe that our thoughts choose us. Maybe this is true. I’m not sure. But that seems sort of like an excuse for lazy, immoral thinking.

    janoklark wrote: “My grandmother said, there are no victims. People get what they deserve.”

    I don’t know whether or not that’s true. It’s possible. But I do know some people whose entire identities are built around their perceived victimhood. In reality, those people are the victimizers.

    May God bless you guys.

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