Is Existentialism Really The Right Way To Live?

 In the story “The Stranger” by Albert Camus throughout the entire story Camus shows Meursault as a nonchalant and non connected emotion based person towards everyone he is around. Meursault does not seem to think too hard about his mother’s death since he feels that he should not have to be so dramatic like every other person in society. This type of ideology is an okay way to feel but when Meursault is asked if he wanted to get married or loves Marie he does not seem to care or even interested in the conversation. This type of reaction from Meursault is almost manipulative since throughout the story he would say he wanted her but when she would want more he would say he didn’t care. In society a person would be looked at as manipulative towards people even if the other person like meursault was just being brutally honest.

Throughout the story, Meursault does not show that he is sad nor does he show the desire to better his own life at work he just feels that life without desire is more meaningful than following social norms. The idea that achieving things in life is pointless kind of makes living uneventful if you can not achieve things in life you really won’t be able to find a true happy version of yourself. If a person lives life as an existentialist they won’t ever truly be happy they would just be breathing with no direction it would only leave you lonely with no peace.

3 thoughts on “Is Existentialism Really The Right Way To Live?

  1. Yasmin R

    I completely agree with you. People like Meursault who are so disconnected from society are people who bring others down. This made me think about Marie and how she must feel while being with Mersault. He doesn’t give her any indication that he truly wants to be with her, and yet she still wants to marry him. Not only is Meursault’s behavior preventing himself from being happy, but it is also affecting Marie and the other people in his life. I believe that there is no way an existentialist can truly be happy if they refuse to care about anything or anyone in their lives.


  2. mleonard41

    I agree with this, and it made me rethink my response. An existentialist lifestyle can likely be draining on the people around you. As the very often look to you for support, value the things that you do, and care about you greatly. If they realize that you do not view them the same way, or treat them like you do, they will likely be very hurt and confused.


  3. ohess4

    I disagree with you. The very denial of the possibility of meaningless existence is the biggest flaw of humanity. Our constant need to justify why we’re here with fulfillment and self-satisfaction stems from our fear of death and the nothingness void from where we came. It’s literally ingrained into our survival. Like, we have to believe we’re special to make it through this brutally terrible world. I believe you are applying an optimistic bias that stems from your own life experiences and applications of those experiences to how the world works. I don’t know why we’re, you don’t know why you’re here. The human brain is amazing but the one thing it has a hard time grasping is that we are just evolved apes whose sole purpose is to reproduce for no other reason than the cycle of nature. Like, we can hear that and be like yeah that makes sense, but for some reason, we see ourselves as something special, when in fact we share 99% of the same DNA


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