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Jean Paul Sartre: Existentialism

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

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Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was an Atheist and Communist (ever notice how those two go together?), as well as an antinomian. A stalwart apologist for Stalin's Soviet Union, even after he knew about the Gulags; he described Cuba as a "direct democracy," Tito's Yugoslavia as "the realization of my philosophy," and loved Chairman Mao's Red China while despising America. Sartre encouraged political violence and loved Franz Fanon's concept of liberation through murder, terrorism, and Africans killing Europeans at will.

By the late 1950s, his ugly philosophy became apparent in his visage—a flabby body with the head of a toad, a blotched and pitted face, walleyed with yellow teeth, a man who never stopped talking and never listened to others.

In the end he stood for nothing. As he said himself, "Little by little Atheism has devoured everything."

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The Chronicler of Hell

The man was an apostate, descended from seven generations of Protestant ministers. His life was a fifty-year celebration of debauchery as a drunkard, drug addict, and serial fornicator.

His chief enemy was Jesus Christ. He sought to expel every vestige of God from the world, calling himself the “Chronicler of Hell,” and bragging that he “collared the Holy Ghost in the cellar and threw him out.”

Sartre was unspeakably cruel and treacherous to the only woman who loved him, Simone de Beauvoir. He led the Western World into sexual license and nihilism; the disintegration of the family in favor of profligacy; the promotion of sexual perversion, abortion and euthanasia.

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Life is Absurd & Hell is Other People

Sartre suffered from the same destructive fantasies and the same pathological malice towards what is normal that characterizes all devotees of Karl Marx: hatred of reality as it is. And he had the same tendency to divert attention away from the actual horrifying consequences of Marxism.

It was Sartre who launched the idea that leftist movements must be judged not by their results but by their intentions, which are always worthy, of course.

He preached that "life is absurd" and to be free a man must be alone, since "Hell is other people." Note that God said, "It is not good for man to be alone."

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Existential Man

At its core, Sartre's philosophy of existentialism is selfishness. In his view, life has no purpose, man has no nature, the cosmos has no meaning, we only exist, and we exist best when we make ourselves God: "Everything is possible if God does not exist. If God does not exist, we find no values or commands to turn to which legitimize our conduct."

That is the deification of Self. All that is left is to live for is the next fix, hookup, and television show. Existential man is alienated and directionless.

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He Hates These Normals!

Along with other leftists, Sartre had the same boogieman to hate: the Bourgeois, which essentially means the middle class. Normal people, that is, who are heterosexual, married, good husbands and wives, good fathers and mothers, believe in God, go to church, teach their children well, work for a living, try to get ahead, maybe start a little business, obtain some property, try to behave themselves, do not commit crimes, and long to be free from government interference—This is the monster the Left hates. And God loves.

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Sartre is Cool if You Don't Know What He is Talking About

Sartre is cool for people who do not understand what he is talking about. He helped wreck our world. Nine times more people are lonely today than fifty years ago in the West.

The abortion movement—a sacrament for the Religion of Secular Humanism—has destroyed the closest of all human relationships. A billion or two babies have been killed in the wombs of their mothers—the very place designed for their protection.

We have seen a sharp rise in virtually all social pathologies. The loneliest people in the world today live in America, Australia, Sweden, Britain, and Canada. America is running headlong into bankruptcy morally and financially. And why not? In the long run, we are all dead.

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Czeslaw Milosz

A Word from Czeslaw Milosz

The Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) perceptively saw that the ultimate source of the despair, tyranny, and mass murders of the twentieth century was anti-Christian nihilism. He wrote,

"A true opium of the people is belief in nothingness after death—the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders, we are not going to be judged."

The point of nihilism is that there is no such thing as sin and no future judgment for our sins, thereby liberating us to do as we please. As Alister McGrath says, “The greatest intolerance and violence of the twentieth century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence.”

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Painting by Rembrandt

The Final Word

"For men have become lovers of their own selves, covetous, boastful, proud, blasphemers, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection … despisers of those that are good … lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God … never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (Paul the Apostle)

Comments

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 01, 2020:

Awdur ~ Like you, my dear, "I'm certainly happy that we have so much more to look forward to than nothingness."

I am not real keen on writing about evil men. However, when I do it is because I hear or read about people speaking so highly of them, not knowing any better, that I feel the urge to set the record straight.

Awdur from Chicago on December 31, 2019:

An eye opening look at a very evil man.... I'm certainly happy that we have so much more to look forward to than nothingness.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 26, 2019:

Dany ~ I sure appreciate you taking the time to read my article. Thank you for your thoughtful insights, and you are quite welcome.

I believe you are right that "Sartre depised all form of following (or submission) and was in an eternal quest for true freedom."

I also agree that in the view of Jean-Paul Sartre, "The 'Normals' are the ones who blindly adapt to ridiculous society rules, which, in addition to being despicable also makes life harder to those who don't."

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

James

Dany on December 24, 2019:

While I agree with you on most of this, I disagree with the way you only concentrate on you own opinion of Srtre and blatantly ignor the reason WHY he was followed by so many people: Sartre depised all form of following (or submission) and was in an eternal quest for true freedom.

Which explains most, if not ALL, his ideas such as encouraging Euthanasia and abortion

Also, When he said that hell is other people, He didn't say it out of hate for others, he meant that SO many people live in everyday hell because they are constantly judged by others. The "Normals" (in his opinion, not mine) are the ones who blindly adapt to ridiculous society rules, which, in addition to being despicable also makes life harder to those who don't.

Anyway, thanks for the insight and like I said, I do agree with the essence of your article, mainly because I also find fault in today's society and its selfish and idividualistic values.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 18, 2019:

Nell Rose ~ Thank you very much for coming by to read my article. You are welcome. I am glad you liked it, Nell. I appreciate your insights.

Nell Rose from England on November 15, 2019:

How strange that I knew the name but never knew what a horrible little man he was. Maybe he looked in the mirror and realised that he would never get on in the world with the way he looked so he went against it all. That's the only thing I can think of! Interesting stuff, thanks James

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 15, 2019:

wba108@yahoo.com ~ I absolutely agree with you and Dinesh that "the left is primarily concerned with conning the masses to gain money and power and that their ideas are secondary and a mere pitch for suckers."

I also agree that "many on the left know their insane ideas are false and they're somewhat aware of data and arguments refuting what they say. But they love to engage in abstract arguments that cloak their real motives."

Brilliant!

I met Dinesh once. I love the two books of his I have and the two films he made - especially the first movie. I have not read the one you mention. I'll have to to get it.

Thank you for sharing these words and for reading my article.

wba108@yahoo.com from upstate, NY on November 11, 2019:

I'm beginning to agree with Dinesh D' Souza, that the left is primarily concerned with conning the masses to gain money and power and that their ideas are secondary and a mere pitch for suckers.

I think many on the left know their insane ideas are false and they're somewhat aware of data and arguments refuting what they say. But they love to engage in abstract arguments that cloak their real motives.

These ideas I'm getting from D'Souza's book, "Stealing America", Do u agree?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 04, 2019:

Shanti Om ~ I did receive your email. You are welcome.

Shanti Om on November 01, 2019:

Thank you James, sent you an e-mail! Hope you got it and it didn't end up in the spam mail!

Cheers and Hope for a tolerant world!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 01, 2019:

Paula ~ You always brighten my day with your comments. Thank you for your ongoing encouragement. And you are welcome.

You summed him up succinctly. I agree with every word you wrote and appreciate you reading my work.

Suzie from Carson City on November 01, 2019:

James.....This reads like an unthinkably wretched Horror story. This creature was everything we can be abhorred & utterly repulsed by.....not a human but some despicable blob of terminal infection.

Simply stated, JP Sartre is the ultimate example of pure, unadulterated evil & ugliness, from within, to include a diseased mind, to his nauseating exterior. .................

As usual, you educate with your well-researched & straightforward facts. Thank you. Paula

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 31, 2019:

Shanti Om ~ I sure appreciate your awesome accolades and your plan to read all 300 of my articles. I cannot receive a higher compliment than that. Thank you for reading this article on Jean-Paul Sartre. Feel free to email me at JamesEsquire007@aol.com

Shanti Om on October 30, 2019:

""Everything is possible if God does not exist. If God does not exist, we find no values or commands to turn to which legitimize our conduct."" Very telling of losing values and sense of others, a glimpse of what the liberal left has become today. James you are an absolutely prolific writer. I just discovered you and I am going to make it a point to read everything you have written before and will write!

I need to send you an e-mail about the French Revolution paper I read a long time ago that you had written.

PS- I moved from Chicago 4 years ago..hope the city recovers it's good values!

my e-mail, patelbahar@gmail.com, plz delete it if posting my comment

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 29, 2019:

PLC Professor ~ Thank you for reading my article about Jean-Paul Sartre. What you pointed out is fascinating about the similarities of appearance. You are so right that the supposed anti-fascists are the actually fascists. I appreciate your comments.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 29, 2019:

Vivian Coblentz ~ I am so glad you caught my drift without me being obvious about it. Thank you for your kind compliments. I appreciate you taking the time to read my work.

No doubt about it, “the radical Left is a bunch of projectionists!”

And yes, like you I know Christians who beam.

PLC Professor on September 27, 2019:

Watching a newer documentary series on WWII, I could not help noticing the similarity of appearance; Jerry Nadler & Hermann Goring, Adam Schiff & Heinrich Himmler and even stranger, AOC with Adolf Hitler. It is amazing how close these contemporaries rhetoric echos those in the past. Very fascist...No one has the right to have an opinion that disagrees with ours, not even to disagree peacefully.

Vivian Coblentz on September 27, 2019:

James,

I always get a great history lesson from your writings, which you skillfully tie to the present day without actually coming out and saying, "the same radical nut jobs are in charge today doing the same stuff!"

We see in the news nearly every day the point you made about violence and intolerance being practiced by the same group who supposedly opposes violence and intolerance.

We know the radical Left is a bunch of projectionists!

It's interesting how Sartre's body actually manifested the look of hell. Fortunately, the opposite often holds true as well--I know many devout Christians (as I'm sure you do too) who look WAY younger than what they are. What's in a person's heart either produces life or death in the body. Sartre poisoned himself from the wellspring of his evil heart.