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To What Extent Does Meursault illustrate the value of Authenticity To live authentically in existenialism means basically to live without deluding ourselves about the meaning of our lives or our place in the world or about death According to the existentialists much of what we do is in what Sartre would call bad faith Religion is a prime example of Bad Faith God is allegedly an imaginative excuse for not facing up to our own responsibilities in life A priest spends his whole life telling himself and others what God says we can and cant do He also tells us that we need not even worry about death because death is not the end of our existence He also tells us that even though the world is very confusing and in some cases completely unintelligible we need not worry about that either because all will be explained by God when we pass from this world into the next In one fell swoop practically all the worries and difficulties are conveniently taken out of our lives by one single mysterious being The priest lives his life mainly in preparation for his next life Sartre says that there is no God and there is no next life The priests actions like the man behind the glass window talking into the phone in The Myth of Sisyphus appear ridiculous and incomprehensible Meursault lives only for the present moment because in existentialist terms that is the only moment of his life that he is in control of The past is unchangeable and his future self according to Sartre is almost a complete stranger for whom he can vouch no responsibility Whether Meursault consciously realises this or not he places no faith in making plans for the future He turns down what would appear to be a very attractive opportunity of promotion as uninterested as if he were refusing a cup of coffee Ambitions are of no real
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