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Jean Paul Sartre's Extentialism & Taoism And The Movie Fight Club

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Man had to believe in something. That something was an ordering principle. And this was essential; it appeared, because the scientific temperament appeared not to assure man but to trigger him to drift even more aimlessly. Mankind needed a new book of lessons and a teacher as well. Humanity required it. What had occurred to produce such a yearning? Where was Reason? Where was God? With all the gods dead and buried, with nobody to believe in, the existentialists turned to humanity itself to unearth new values. While they acknowledged the nihilistic tendencies of bourgeois civilization, they were not themselves nihilists. They preserved a faith in humanity; a faith that guided them to the belief that only man could comprehend and resolve the tribulations of mankind. Existentialism sketched on a number of earlier ideas and one of its lasting strengths was that it survived to take in nearly two centuries of European thought into one composition. It was a perennial philosophy. It was the fundamental Nietzcsheanism. As Sartre once wrote, "existentialism is an attempt to draw all the consequences from a consistent atheist position."(Sartre, 1962) According to Sartre, it had been Dostoevsky who had created that if God did not exist, and then anything would be allowed. This, in a nutshell, is the starting point, not the consequence or objective, of existentialism. If one really comprehends the sense of modern godless man's plight, one is at first condensed to nausea and despair. All of the human kind must go through that awful sense of depression that escort’s ones’ insight into the human condition and ourselves. Man is alone because he cannot be in contact with others. He finds himself in a world in which he is completely alien to others and to himself. The world has no principle and no sense. If it is true that man can only be acquainted with himself by looking at others, then man stares in vain. This is the human state. But such a state has also been formed by modern society, a society that humiliates individuality and reinstates it with mass society and mass man. Modern man is automatic man, conformist man, bewildered man, alienated man and robotic man. Man is little more than a cog in a magnificent machine which man himself has created. And that man kneels before the great machine, craving for freedom, only to be complied with imprisonment in his own mind. Positively, many essentials of our lives are dictated by the organization of our materialist, capitalist society that hampers us from being more complete beings. Positively, a group of wise analysts could use “Fight Club” movie as a good instance to instruct about our societal evils. When we come to Jack (Edward Norton, the Narrator, a youthful man trapped by the pointless daily grind of his life), we see no motive for him to be a slave to an uninteresting life and the job he hates. The same culture he blames for boxing him in, offers everyone abundant liberty and chance for self-expression and...

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