In 1944, Sartre wrote:
“In a world, man must create his own essence: it is in throwing himself into the world, suffering there, struggling there, that he gradually defines himself”.
Fast-forward to 2022; we are existing in the midst of the age of mass-information (and misinformation), largely thanks to the internet and technological advancements. It is now, perhaps, too easy to avoid the difficulties of pondering the key elements of ones ‘own essence’ by simply turning to a search engine for guidance through the big questions that the Existentialists spent years contemplating.
What is the purpose of life? (About 4,350,000,000 Google results in 1.63 seconds).
Do we really have free will? (About 5,740,000,000 Google results in 0.55 seconds).
Billions of responses- contributed by anyone, of any significance, across the globe.
Statistically, this implies that it is probable to source virtually any answer that fits ones bias, should you search for long enough. Does this mean that the oversaturation of possibilities cancels itself out and drops us back at square one? Can anyone potentially establish a level of authority to influence others?
My most recent work explores the above and attempts to visually describe feeling overwhelmed, making decisions and collecting/documenting data.