Chapter 2. The Condition & the Odyssey. The Predicament. All philosophizing is rooted in one simple fact of our existence: each of us is trapped in an egocentric predicament that sets limits on the way we perceive the world and relate to others.
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The Condition & the Odyssey
Whenever any creature fails to correct for his egocentric illusion and begins to feel that he really is the center of the universe, and further, if he feels that he should be treated by others as though he were the center, then he has taken a giant step beyond the illusion itself.
He is making an aristocentric claim.
“From birth till death each of us is locked into a physical organism from which there is no escape.” This condition is known as “encapsulation”.
We confuse the “world in here” and the “world out there”
The problem lies in the individual’s relationship to the world. Man is not absurd, and the world is not absurd. It’s at the interface between man and the world that the Absurd is encountered.
One of the major roadblocks to autonomy is failure to achieve separation from authority
It is a painful insight to discover that one holds a belief because one needs the belief, and not because the belief is true. This is the sort of insight one would like to make go away, like a bad dream or clouds on a rainy day
All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.
“Crush the infamy!:
“My baffled curiosity continues to be insatiable.”
He had an abiding faith in the intelligence and rationality of man
“This century begins to see the triumph of reason”
“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.”