I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who've been thinking about the meaning behind Katy Perry's song "Chained to the rythm". To me it's if the song perfectly describes the existentialist way of thinking. "We think we are free" is a very powerful message that cannot be ignored. Generally speaking we humans feel as though we are working in order to be free. Feeling like freedom is something to achieve instead of already having it. But let me tell you all my fellow wasted zombies out there; we have too much freedom in our own hands that is the great opportunity but also a great problem. When we have too much freedom we need to choose what we are and what we want to do, an existentialist would say that one needs to choose ones purpose in life by themselves. The options to choose from are endless which may cause an existentialistic crisis. By a such crisis I mean that the freedom of choice seems like a too big task to handle for one person only. And if we think about it for one second what do we do when we feel a task is to large for us to handle? We ask for help from others because everything seems more fulfilling and easier together with others. So instead of choosing our own purposes in life we lean towards the mainstream or "the rythm" if you like because it feels safe to be a part of something together with others at least much safer than choosing our own destinies. But when we do this we feel locked inside, like something has taken our freedom, but because living the way everyone does feels so comforting we don't mind putting our "rose colored glasses on and party on". Yet we feel anxious because we still haven't found our purpose in life. Jean - Paul Sartre called it "bad faith".
Now having bad faith is not accepting the absurd. The absurd is the ultimate search for reasons to exist, the search of our essence,our purposes in life. I believe our thought patterns reflect our essence. If we decide to live a happy life we will find ways to be happy because if we decide to be happy we have a direction and purpose in life that we most likely want to achieve and therefore actively pursue. In other words: when we see eye to eye with the life we want we are step by step also creating it. Every person that we by our own standards and the general standards of society consider to be great and successful have once needed to face the exact same truth; if you want something become it, create it and dare to do it for only then and there have you become one with your purpose in life. Now don't get me wrong, your purpose in life doesn't have to be somekind of ultimate greatness it can be what you consider an ordinary life if that is the purpose in life you have.
If you accept all the freedom and the fact that all meaning in your life is brought to it by you then you live authentically as Jean - Paul Sartre described. You may ask, how do I live in such a way how can I end this endless search of reasons and answers and find out what my meaning of life is? When I am faced with questions like this I like to ponder upon something another existentialist philosopher called Albert Camus once said; "The meaning of life is whatever that is preventing you from killing yourself". This could be many different things for many different people. For me personally I really like to question the world, study the human nature and how we respond to different situations but probably the most important purposes for me are writing and teaching making me feel more alive than ordinary everyday life.
As I'm writing this now I've made a choice to do it, I would not have had to but since I found it meaningful to me I did. This is also the meaning behind the fact that I do not update my blog according to some sort of social standards that say you should update at least once a week, if you feel like it then absolutely but that is not the purpose I look for in my writing and thinking.
In the movie Revolutionary road Kate Winslets charachter says "can you see we are just like everyone else" that if something woke me up from me dream. I don't want to end up in a situation were the purpose I thought was my life purpose, ends up not being that so I'd rather spend my life staying true to the own meanings I create than running after something that some may consider great but I don't. No matter if that makes me lonely in my own utopia.
This picture is so mainstream that it feels soothing.