There is a philosophy called Existentialism developed in the early 1900's by great philosopher's and writer's like Albert Camus; that emphasizes the uniqueness and the isolation of the individual experience and regards the human existence as unexplainable, stressing the freedom of choice and the consequences of one's actions. The existentialist conceptions of freedom and value arise from their view of the individual. Since we are all ultimately alone, isolated islands of subjectivity in an objective world, we have absolute freedom over our internal nature, and the source of our value can only be internal. This means that as our own unique individual:
1. We have no predetermined nature or essence that controls what we are, what we do, or what is valuable for us.
2. We are radically free to act independently of determination by outside influences.
3. We create our own human nature through these free choices.
4. We also create our values through these choices.
We are born without a predetermined personality, set of values, and morals but these are constructed later creating our very essence through our actions and experiences. If we simply go through the motions following the choices and actions of others, then we are not living but merely just existing without embracing this freedom we are born with and the ability to develop our own individuality and essence. We must live with authenticity of ourselves and not by the standards of others.
The existentialist also believed that in order to fully live the life to the fullest and not merely exist, we must embrace ever moment with absolute consciousness of that moment. We must be fully aware of every action we take and every choice we make embracing it for what it is and not simply doing just to do, but to preform with a purpose. If we become aware of every aspect of our lives, then we are fully living life to its full intended potential. Often we preform tasks habitually and robotically not fully aware of what we are doing and because of this we often find ourselves having trouble recalling what we did and when we did it. Our memory becomes hazy and even the things we did only moments before seem to slip our mind, and it is because we have no awareness of our actions.
So as a unique individual with the power and freedom to create your own destiny and develop your own nature, you must take advantage of this and live fully and completely in every moment. To be completely aware of every action and decision we make living and embracing the results to the fullest potential. It is only then that we are really living a life, discovering and uncovering through every experience that truly defines us and allows us to be that unique individual embracing life and not merely just existing.
Photograph by Logan James Coleman Duarte