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In our individual routines each and every one of us strive to be the best that we are capable of being How peculiar this is we aim for similar goals yet the methods we enact are unique Just as no two people have the same fingerprint no two have identical theories on how to live life While some follow religious outlines to aspire to a level of moral excellence others pursue different approaches Toward the end of the Nineteenth-Century and on through the mid-Twentieth a movement followed existentialism a philosophical theory of life in order to achieve such a level Even though the idea of existentialism is complex certain themes are common amongst philosophers and authors moral individualism freedom of choice responsibility alienation Fundamental to understanding existentialism is the conception of moral individualism Existentialism rejects traditional ethical endeavors Philosophers since the time of Aristotle circa Third-Century BCE before the common era have held that everyone should aim for a common peak of ethical achievement Aristotle argued for the existence of a divine being described as the Prime Mover who is responsible for the unity and purposefulness of nature In order for humanity to attain such a climax everyone must imitate The Almightys perfect profile Aristotles basic philosophy deduces that humanity strives for an identical peak of moral excellence as judged by a higher being Aristotle Existentialism declares that the individual must choose his way there is no predetermination Since the universe is meaningless and absurd people must set their own ethical standards The universe does not predetermine moral rules Each person strives toward a unique moral perfection The Nineteenth-Century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard who was the first writer to call himself eexistential reacted against tradition by insisting that the highest good for the individual is to find his uniqueness His journal reads I must find a truth that is true for me the idea for which I can live or die
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