Monday, November 6, 2017
...the intolerable necessity......
I have a remarkable power to self-consciously ask myself what I ought to do. I can answer by my own powers of reason and then follow through in action, for one reason or another. Simply being so constituted, I count as my own, as responsible for my chosen actions.
My behavior then isn't just a simple reflex reaction, part of the impersonal causal order of scientific study; it's my behavior, my free action. I've chosen my conduct, anew, despite what has come before in my history, whoever I've been before this present moment. And for Sartre, I am in this way responsible for myself. "For human reality, to be is to choose oneself." I choose myself, in the totality of each choice I make. Whatever might come to me "either from the outside or from within," I have to decide what to "receive or accept," and "without any help whatsoever" I am "entirely abandoned to the intolerable necessity of making myself to be - down to the slightest detail."
-Aaron James, Surfing With Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry Into A Life Of Meaning