Sartre states “Existence precedes essence”. One is born into the world not determined by a god, destiny, faith or others in who or what he or she will or want to be. Rather, one is born into the world to make something of themselves. That individual have a choice in who they are and what they want to become. As a human being we are born into the world freely to make a choice in what we want to be. We are not born for a specific reason, we have a will to choose and strive on what we truly desire on becoming. In doing so existence of mankind precedes essence.
I agree with Sartre because I believe our desires to be whom or whatever we wish are unlimited to us as oppose to following others or having our path laid for out for us. As human beings we are always evolving and changing. What we believe as individuals to have passion for today may change tomorrow and what we believe to love tomorrow will perhaps change the next day. No other person nor god have the right to tell us otherwise except ourselves.
Another reason why I agree that existence precedes essence has to do with choice, the freedom to choose. We have the moral freedom to choose the path that we want to walk. Of course the path we choose may have consequences but throughout the process of our mistakes and success, we make progress which leads us to the aspect of changing and evolving as human beings. This progress affects us as individuals and as a group. We are never complete, we are an unfinished living substance and we will continue to evolve and change until our death but I have the freedom to choose what I will evolve into.
An example that I can relate to Sartre’s Existence precedes essence claim is the evolution of growing up as human beings. A teacher with a degree in a specific area doesn’t necessarily mean that this individual will be an educator for the rest of their life. As a student that have a desire to teach, I’ve seen many educators with degrees and within their life of living and growing they pursued many degrees and some have went along to pursue different careers. My trigonometry teacher was once an engineer. I asked him why did he give up the job and become an educator, His response was “I got bored “. It realized that at any given moment an individual’s passion for something can change. A choice to choose what you want to be and who you want to be can change. This inspired me as a student and as a future educator that I have the choice to pursue what I desire to do in life. Either it is through teaching, coaching, physically working, or singing. I have my right and choice to do so. There is no god, parents, society, friends, and others to tell me I can’t do so.
Another example I can relate to Sartre’s Existence precedes essence claim is as a child and a teenager, my parents have made some of the choices for me. As I am slowly growing up, my parents still made decisions for me and as a result of that, I personally do not feel right when they do. I feel as my freedom of thoughts and action is being stripped away. Like Sartre said “when an individual feels like an object, a thing,” I too began to feel like a mere tool because my choice was being taken from me. As my life is being laid out for me and through this feeling I began to resist what I was told. Even though it feels wrong and disrespectful, I feel at times as If I don’t have my own will to do what I wish. I realize I am not really evolving the way I want to. I am rather evolving the way my parents wants me to. In my resistance, I am slowly making my own choices. I began resisting by making my own decisions and as harsh as it sound, not listening to them. I have the will to do what I please to do freely. I don’t feel like an object, I feel as a breathing human being that have the right to choose who I want to be and where I want to go.