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Meaning Of Life according to Simone de Beauvoir

Not how long but how well you have lived is the main thing.

Good morning people. So, a few days back, I got to know that our brain goes into an "incubation period" for ideas when we are in a relaxed state, like showering. This allows the subconscious mind to bring the solutions and ideas it has been working on to your conscious mind and give you creative thoughts. This is the reason why a lot of people like to take a long time in showers. Or, maybe people like me are just too lazy to get out and realise that we have to perform duties.

Anyways, probably none of you has heard the name, Simone de Beauvoir. Tell me to introduce you to the youngest person to take the philosophy exams at France's most esteemed university, La Sorbonne. At 21, she passed the university with flying colours and as soon as she mastered the rules of philosophy, she sent out to break them. She'd been schooled on Plato's theory of Forms, which dismissed the world as a flawed reflection of higher truths and unchanging ideals. But, de Beauvoir, instead of being taught that, argued otherwise. While endlessly debating with her partner, Jean-Paul Satre, she developed a radical new philosophy. In the years following World War II, her ideas gave birth to Existentialism. This complicated term is a form of philosophy that explores human existence and centres on feelings and emotions.

When the prominent religions during that time taught that humans were born with a purpose, de Beauvoir argued that humans are born free, and thrown into existence without a divine plan. In her book, The Ethics Of Ambiguity, she proposed that our greatest ethical imperative is to create our own life's meaning while protecting the freedom of others to do the same. She said that "A freedom which is only interested in denying freedom must be denied." I find that to be really beautiful. We are born into the material world to see what we can do. Our limitations and how we break them. Our dreams, expectations and what we want out of the time that is being given to us. How we see ourselves, how others see us, what makes humans different from most living organisms and how can we use this advantage. This is what life is about.

Lastly, remember we are freaks, we are fragile and life is not a problem to be solved but, a reality to be experienced.

Goodbye and see you next Sunday.

Love Scarlett😊


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