Does our self-image get in the way of us living our lives?

” ‘Know thyself’ is not just silly advice: it’s actively dangerous”, so reads the title of an essay from Aeon Magazine (Found here). The accusation is that you can not know yourself because you change over time, and therefore to know yourself is a mistaken notion. At most, you can only know who you were…… Continue reading Does our self-image get in the way of us living our lives?

What Eastern and Western religions can teach us about identity

I have seen the question asked many times “who is your idol?”, but I have never been able to actually answer this. I do believe that we have a natural propensity to see the heroic in other people. Even further than that, I believe that, in seeing someone as an idol, we set them as…… Continue reading What Eastern and Western religions can teach us about identity

Existentialism and Humanism- Jean-Paul Sartre

Before discussing the text, I want to give a little background about what existentialism is, and how it led to what Sartre believed. This will help us to understand the text far better. First of all, we will discuss Kierkegaard, who was possibly the most important name in the field of existentialist philosophy. Kierkegaard took…… Continue reading Existentialism and Humanism- Jean-Paul Sartre

The Myth of Sisyphus, a review

You will never be happy if you continue to pursue the meaning of happiness, nor shall you live if you spend your life searching for a meaning of life. Albert Camus held this view of life in high sincerity, and this was the basis for much of his philosophy. At heart of Camus’ writings was…… Continue reading The Myth of Sisyphus, a review