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Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
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Worthwhile because someone finally bothered to write explicitly about what has been dubbed “Nausea” for the mere sake of naming the unnameable. Existentialism was just begging to be invented by someone and was desperately needed, I would argue that not only Kierkegaard beat everyone else to it, his version is even better and more conclusive and more descriptive of the human state. Existentialism is the western philosophy to end all western philosophy, existence is the only thing that we can firmly make an affirmation of. Some would have the guts to mention Descartes nonsense as being the definitive word in philosophical matters in the western cannon. I do not wish to discuss his rubbish here. It is of no consequence because existence is the only affirmable subject in the whole of western philosophical thought. Affirmed by its mere affirmations, shear debatable finger linking paradoxical goodness. God, morals, meaning,… all of them are questionable and so is existence but existence will be last thing left standing as western philosophy crumbles down and turns to dust leaving the repulsive darkness of nihilism. Faced with nothing but existence, a human being is immediately submerged in an existential crisis. If existence is the only thing that exists, everything suddenly looses all meaning and all hope and satisfaction is destroy. There is no action worth performing and no satisfaction or meaning to be gained. Shear disgust as existence grasps you, it sickens you, it makes you nauseous, if you have ever felt it you know what it means to be nauseous, to be robbed of all meaning. It is sickening and there is no way out, once meaning has been lost it can never be regained again, you cannot force yourself to be believe it once again. Of course Sartre had to go and ruin things, he saw his realizations and observations and started crying like a little boy. He cried you are free to give life its meaning, infinite freedom for all and tuned to the moronity that is socialism like seemingly the whole of the intellectually back then (rising questions about the intellect of the intellectually) but that was just a lie, infinite freedom and imprisonment are the same thing for humans, imprisonment and limitations often far kinder and better. A given meaning is just the same as no meaning at all. He tarnished it as a monster and tried to destroy it. He failed, the sickness, the nausea still creeps around in our minds, like a slimy rodent, waiting for you to slip up and leave an opening, to leave yourself vulnerable. That is why Kierkegaard phrased it better and fuller, the only escape of the sickness is full abandonment to God, whether God exists or not is of no importance, it is the only salvation left. Only in the religious one can hope to find solace and shelter from the horror. If you cannot, you will die out in the desert. Those who have felt it will understand it and those who haven’t, run and hide away, pray that you will never know or understand.

Conclusion: From a strictly literary point of view I don’t think that it is that great of a book. The idea have been of great importance and still capture what many feel. I think that only those who have felt the nausea will truly understand this book, those who haven’t might get lost a bit. Read it is you have experienced nausea or if you like despair or simply are participating in some sort of crash course in Western philosophy.
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