Do Existentialists play video games?

Existentialism – the individual is responsible for their own decisions, actions and therefore fate. However, after realizing this they feel isolated from the rest of society. Were they driven to make the choice(disaffectionism) or did they go willingly(isolationism)? Does true Existential thinking necessarily separate the individual from the world they live in?

‘Existential Disaffectionism’ or ‘Existential Isolationism’? Possible philosophies or just word play?


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Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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2 Responses to Do Existentialists play video games?

  1. I’ll bet they do (play video games). All that deep thought requires some serious downtime to recharge!
    Philosophy being *another* one of my areas of ignorance, what would you call a school of thought in which a person feels responsible for their own decisions and actions, but also believes that ‘fate’, or things outside their control are also at work? (And therefore they’d better be prepared to alter their behavior as circumstances dictate.)
    Just randomly wondering.
    And by the way, why exactly would feeling responsible for one’s own decisions/actions lead to feeling isolated from the rest of society? Are they assuming that everyone else is a moral slacker not worth their time, or what?

    • marcsuttle says:

      I’m a neophyte also when it comes to philosophy.
      Here’s the short dictionary definition of existentialism-
      A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one’s acts.
      Maybe not having faith in outside forces or a higher power to help guide the individual leads to the feeling of isolation? I subscribe to the latter part of the definition for Existentialism via the choices I make or actions I take, but have wondered if I think my decisions are not making a difference outside my personal life experience. Am I then cut off from others? As a loner by nature or actually I should say by nurture, I’m curious how much of it is a result of personal choice based on my decisions or does it automatically come with the territory?
      I’ve toyed for months with some way to describe myself in terms of a philosophy and ended up with the two examples in my original post.

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