The statement "No man is an island" gives a comprehensive summation of the existential enlightenment. Through the choices we make, or choose not to make, we subsequently affect the others in our surrounding world, and ultimately the universe at large. Every aspect of our existence - physical, emotional, natural, spiritual - is affected by our very humanity, or essence, and thus permanently changed. .
When examining existentialism, many names find their way into the discussion. Some examples - Jean Paul Sartre, Viktor E. Frankl, and Martin Buber - offer a mix of optimism, pessimism, and realism through varying searches for the meaning or the truth of existence. .
When examining these beliefs from a personal perspective, it is impossible not to ask varying questions to one self. As an existentialist, it is necessary to place personal ideals in one of many categories, and to retain a view that perhaps everything in life does not happen for a reason, as much as it may be comforting to believe so. .
To functionally assess meaning by existential standards it is necessary to clarify for oneself what roles ethics and morals should play in the pursuit of the good life. Sartre's beliefs lay strongly in the wasteland of negativity and self-destruction, but one truth remains: to believe in anything - religion or otherwise - must be done completely. .
Therefore, in seeking the good life, it is necessary to establish a personal ethical set. For my own purposes, my nature is based on a goal of success, at the moment. I am not restrained by anything other than my own need for survival, and do not conform with any religious ideals which would require my allegiance. .
My personal decisions have an impact on my direct connections in life, which in turn leads to a ripple effect; according to the existentialist belief system, it is inevitable, and responsible decision making are crucial to society as a whole. .
Jean Paul Sartre was best known for his study of existentialism and human Emotions.