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How to live authentically in an inauthentic age

Discussion in 'Seekers Circle' started by Geoff-Allen, Aug 20, 2019.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    Hope you're all well!

    I couldn't really decide where yto post this - is existentialism considered a religion or philosophy?

    Anyway I found another book to add to my list to read "one day" ...

    Philosophy is an interesting subject—there are many perspectives and opinions, agreements and disagreements, and never-ending debates. Even the philosophers under the category of “existentialists” don’t agree on everything.

    The Existentialist’s Survival Guide covers all the key areas of life: anxiety, depression, despair, death, authenticity, faith, morality, and love. Needless to say, it has something for everyone. Each person who reads it will resonate with different parts, and your aha moments and insights will likely differ from mine.

    Even my own mindset reading this book in 2018 was likely very different than how I would have read this book three years ago during my existential crisis. Today, I’m more interested in an optimistic outlook on life, and I was specifically interested in the book’s content around authenticity. Keep that in mind as you read this summary because you’ll notice that my notes definitely favor some areas more than others. All quotes are from the author unless stated otherwise.

    If you want the full review, click below -

    Book Summary of The Existentialist’s Survival Guide | Sloww

    Enjoy your day!
     
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  2. We Never Know

    We Never Know Well-Known Member

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    I've found over the years just to live your life and let others live theirs.
    If it isn't effecting my life, I don't let it bother me.

    Enjoy your day as well.
     
  3. Landon Caeli

    Landon Caeli What's your stoyle?

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    I love those epiphany-type periods of life. I had one once, and it was amazing.
     
  4. Landon Caeli

    Landon Caeli What's your stoyle?

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    Once, I was forced to live in the wilderness with my wife. We had a car too, so I would spend my time reading uplifting books, visiting libraries, and showering at campground showers before starting the evening fire. I was near the beach too, so I would spend time there in deep thought. I went to Church almost every day, and prayed a lot. It lasted 9 months.

    ...It was the most uplifting and calming period of my life that ever was or likely ever will be.
     
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  5. SomeRandom

    SomeRandom Still learning to be wise

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    For some reason I immediately thought of Wilde.
    I thought that was because of the famous quote
    "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist, that's all."
    But I have the feeling that I'm thinking more about one of his more melancholy/sardonic essays. I just can't quite put my finger on it and it's going to bug me for the rest of the day.
     
  6. PureX

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    That's how the holocaust happened. Everyone decided that since it wasn't happening to them, they wouldn't bother about it.
     
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