reply to post by LifeIsEnergy
I would say that the unconditioned frame of reference or unconditioned ground of all being and becoming, upon or within which man is compelled to
continually redefine himself, has as it's own intrinsic nature or essense, the precondition or "determinism" of unconditionality
(as paradoxical as that may sound). This "foundation" of freedom comes then as a free gift of life
, and elicits from us a response via our
freedom to choose something or to be or become something or other.
And there's still a big everything/something within which man is a big nothing, and we are intrinsic to the essence of that prior something as
first/last cause, which for us, is freedom, as a gift, since it presents itself to us on an apriori conditioned-unconditional basis and preceeds us as
created beings, in eternity (already always domain of possibility, actualized). If there were nothing, there's no freedom, because there's nothing to
choose. Man as a created being is therefore bestowed
with the GIFT of free will, and that very freedom is the already unconditioned ground of
being (who's precondition is freedom) upon which he stands, and the domain of limitless possibility within which he chooses who and what to be.
Although we may be in
the world, we are not OF the world. The choosing self comes from above, from a prior domain of limitless freedom. In
religious or spiritual tradition, this domain might be called the holy of holies, because it's where God as the all in all, the uncaused cause, and
the unmanifest manifested lives
Our free will IS our prior nature and our essence, and it's what elevates man as an evolutionary phenomenon, to an exalted state.
There's nothing compelling us though or telling us what to do. God is not a taskmaster.
However, Sartre's view seems to take this domain of limitless possibility and freedom we call life, for granted, while using the supreme gift of
freedom to eliminate God as a first/last cause from the equation. This view runs the risk imho, of turning life into a meaningless absurdity, and
therefore, nothing of any intrinsic value or substance. Absolute freedom however, in the space of absolute forgiveness, restores the meaning and
purpose to life, and best of all, a sense of humor to man, within this predicament he finds himself already emersed, as a nothing, or at best, some
sort of add-to-able no-self self standing in the unconditioned (holy of holies) ground of being, relative to himself, his fellow man, and the all in
all within which the whole "play" is occuring (the occurance of life)
The intrinsic meaning
comes to us in the form of a question - what would you like to do or be?
To me that's cute, playful and even humorous, and creative, as the apriori conditional nature of life as a free gift of freedom itself.
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