Love and Freedom Essay

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Love and Freedom

What is love? Is it something we do or something we can know? Some classify love as something that you feel for some people sometimes. It is often linked or used interchangeably with lust. Others feel that it is something that is constant and untouched by judgement and feeling. The only common denominator for love is that it is something that is desirable; it is something that we want. So what do people want? Many philosophies pose answers; but those answers frequently lead to more questions. Examining Sartre’s idea of love from Being and Nothingness, we find a love that is an action in the form of a project. The goal of the project is to attain a totality of being through the use of another. This differs
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As consciousness considers all other objects and existence, it realizes that none of it needs to exist. The consciousness may find these objects to exist elsewhere or not at all. This realization is the nihilation of these objects and other forms of existence as they pertain to the conscious for-itself.

A strange consequence of this phenomenon is the separation of the conscious present for-itself from its own past being or future being through a barrier of nothingness. Sartre gives many reasons for this. First, the self which the consciousness will be, or has been is not what the consciousness is at present. This issue is a time related one. Second, Sartre says that what the consciousness is does not provide the “foundation” of what the consciousness will be. The consciousness could be related to the present self but, in fact, freedom allows that it could be anything. Therefore, no relation is implicit. Sartre’s last reason seems to reiterate the concept that is already given: the present consciousness does not have a determining factor in the future self. The future self is a constantly renewing consciousness that freedom wills. All of this is most concisely put when Sartre says, “I am the self which I will be, in the mode of not being it.”[2] As distance is created, the present self realizes its alienation from its past and its future self. This is the “nihilating
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