Hello all who are interested enough to read this. I don't have a question or experience to discuss, sort of, but I just wished to discuss existentialism with people who cared about philosophy. So if anyone does care, please feel free to respond. I have known for some time about nihilistic-existentialism and have discussed it at length with others but what brings me to posting this is my recent discovery of Jean Paul Sartre and Sartean existentialism which I find very fascinating. I knew of it but had never really read about it before. I read some of his works for a project and much of what he says resonates with me.
For those who don't really know what I am talking about, Sartre was a French existentialist who lived in the last century. To simplify some of what he said, each individual is responsible for each and every choice that they make, that what we do constitutes who we are, and condemned to be free. For example, an artist is someone who creates pieces of art and they are defined by the art they create, not the art they wish they could create. A person defines themselves as honest because they tell the truth, they do not tell the truth because they are honest. Our freedom condemns us because in our freedom we must make choices and we define ourselves by what we do. Another thing he focuses on is that we are forever and always alone- as opposed to the saying that no man is an island, we are all islands.
I am curious as to other people's thoughts on the subject and whether or not you agree or disagree. If you find anything wrong with what I have said, please correct me.