Saturday, February 23, 2013

Freedom of Choice: Responsibility and Morality


Existentialism places a high regard on freedom of choice, but along with the freedom comes responsibility for others because of our interdependence. Existentialism doesn't mention god, yet it contains morality since it recognizes humans’ interdependence. Garcin says, “If you raise your hand….Estelle and I feel a tug.  Alone, none of us can save himself or herself; we’re linked together inextricably.” You do the right thing or choose not to harm others, not because a god commands you to, but because you are not supposed to limit others’ choices and cause them discomfort.  Since we are all connected, a harmful action really harms everyone. Making a choice results in a domino effect because that choice changes the circumstances of others prompting them to make a choice. 

2 comments:

Grant Reggio said...

That brings up an interesting point. Perhaps that could be interpreted as an extreme reason for why other people are hell. We have true freedom essentially, but it is constrained by our responsibilities to others and our set of morals conceived for the sake of considering others, whether it considers their lives or their discomforts.

TSHAH said...

Thats a great point Laura. In regards to responsibility and morality, existentialism says that each person has the freedom to make that own decisions and choices, so are people really limited in the decisions. There is no doubt that people are interdependent, however it seems that people react in response to what others will think of them and in self judgement rather then than ideas of morality and responsibility. For example: Garcin is free to make his own choices in Hell, however he is self conscious and acts in a certain way based on what Estelle will think of him. He still has the full freedom to make any decisions he wants, however he self limits himself based on the certain outcome he desires.