Tuesday, August 23, 2016
In PopMatters, the moral quandary at the center of existence.
We are thrown into a world not of our making and not of our choosing. Thus our existence appears arbitrary, an improbability made concrete. This thrown-ness (Heidegger’s concept of Geworfenheit) foists certain responsibilities and encumbrances upon us—we are born into a specific situation, with specific customs and duties. Our situation, upon being born, is determined. The choice to conform to or rebel against those customs and duties, the choice of how to comport oneself within that thrown situation, however, is not determined. We are free but not utterly free; we move willfully within constraints.
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