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optimistic because I don’t want to believe that there is a D-day but who can blame me? I want to know that this “weight” in my life has a meaning. Nietzsche is a very powerful philosopher, he is capable of testing our faith and making us question the true meaning beyond no meaning. But in this world, I believe there is meaning in everything I do, I can’t imagine a place where I believe that my life is worthless and have no purpose. There has to be a weight to our lives, we are set on this earth for a reason and it may look different to all kinds of people but we are here to fulfill a full life.
ReferencesGugnon, Charles B., and Derk Pereboom. “The Gay Science.” Existentialism: Basic Writings. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1995.106-07. Print. Gugnon, Charles B., and Derk Pereboom. “341” Existentialism: Basic Writings. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1995.147-48. Print.
CommentsI think you’re making a good point here, and I like that you’re taking issue with some of the core claims of existentialism. This paper needs a lot more focus and precision to make the most of your argument though. If you decide to do a rewrite, you should work on focusing your arguments in each section—what is your main point, and what are your reasons for that point? Be as narrow as you can; the point here is to go as deep as possible. In B3, it’s not clear that you’re adding anything that isn’t implicit in B1—in B3, you basically give the details of how we are supposed to get to the positive response to the ER. So you need to go beyond what Nietzsche says in the text and come up with a response from him using your own creative philosophical efforts.One thing that might help here is thinking about the (supposed) downsides to thinking that there is an objective meaning. For Nietzsche, what you give up is freedom of thought and freedom to decide for yourself what matters to you.Thinking about how you could square that with your very convincing argument that a life without objective meaning isn’t better would really give you something to sink your teeth into here.