Just turned in the second to last paper of my college career. It was a philosophy paper on Existentialism.
The first 5 pages or so were pretty standard, but after I was finished with the compare/contrast/analyze/synthesize bullshit, I got to talk about how I think about things. Lucky for me, I have about two years of existentialist ponderings filed away neatly in my Tumblr archive. If you are a long time reader, you may recognize some of this. I kind of felt like I was cheating, or at least getting away with something really sneaky, but it was a nice way to end the last paper for my last philosophy class in my last semester of college.
It has been my experience that we humans are changing creatures, constantly modifying and adapting our shells to best reflect our insides. We are the opposite of static; we are antistatic: constantly changing, modifying, adapting, growing, transforming. Trying to push positive change from the inside out and grasping at whatever treads of beauty we happen upon. I believe it was Plato that is credited with “Be kind, for everyone you know is fighting a hard battle.” Regardless of the wording, the sentiment is what is important.
We all have issues. Every single one of us is fighting an internal battle. That is part of the human condition. Rise, grind, and try to make something good. That is our universally binding element. If Nietzsche, or any of the Existentialists for that matter, would stop concerning themselves with the chaos of the world around them, they would find the war being raged inside themselves. They would realize that the problems that they found in the world originated from within.
There is only one option for bettering ourselves, and that is to try to be better. For it is in the trying that we are made better. Be good to one another, make a little love, and search for genuine human connection. But most importantly, know who you are, better what you can and find peace in the remainder.
That’s not an exact quote, but you get the idea.