Sartre's Argument Essay

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Contemporary society faces a major issue, a slippery slope that threatens the future of the world. The fallacy claims that we must pressure our children to be the best at everything, from school to hobbies, or they will fail later in life. This mindset is logically flawed, as success and failure ought to not be defined by the size of your house or how many cars an individual has. Instead, there should be no formal definition of what it means to be successful; since it can only be defined by existing. Therefore, I qualify that, not only aimless play, but also truly existing as defined by Jean-Paul Sartre as “Existence precedes essence,” are the most important and fundamental factors to achieving success. Thus, I will argue that a life that is …show more content…

Similar to the way Stalin oppressed his citizens; it breaks the fundamental ideals of living, for a human that is born in this form of life is no true human. It looks, it talks, it walks and it acts like a human, it even has feelings, but it does not exist until the moment of death, as this is the only thing in the creatures’ life that allowed it to be free. When this form of living takes place, when essence precedes existence, the one who is defined before living, never truly existed. To understand the impact of this, Albert Camus explains that “Deciding whether or not life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question.” Clearly, according to the film A Race to Nowhere, a life where you are forced to be who their parents define them as is not worth living. A 13 year old girl committed suicide over the pressures of this life style. The most amounts of deaths needed to warrant a change is one. This threshold has been broken, the impacts of existence preceding essence have been seen. We are no longer humans; we are creatures that live to please our parents and not ourselves. Thus, we must become

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