Books and Movies Reviews

Waking Life

By watching "Waking Life" once, our minds could be opened up to some deeper life philosophies that most of us rarely think about on a daily basis. This movie takes us on a journey to explore different people's views on life and our world and relate to them in one way or another. Characters in the movie talk about many philosophers and their philosophies of life and express their thoughts and opinions through them.
The subject of existentialism is touched on as a teacher in the classroom of a university talks about existentialist's views on life. He talks about how existentialism is viewed as an unorthodox and depressing philosophy of life by many people and he argues that it is not. He refers to Jean Paul Sartre, a famous existentialist, who once said that he never had a "day of despair in his life". The teacher says that even though the philosophy of existentialism tells us that we are abandoned and alone in this world and that the whole concept of universe and human nature is absurd, it gives us great power because we are "condemned to be free". He talks about the significance of "freedom of choice" and that we could be whatever we want to be in this life since we have a right for free will. The teacher says, "Your life is yours to create and it is always your decision who you are" and by this, in my opinion, he gives his students a great lesson.
The "language lady" was talking about people creating words in order to be able to communicate "spiritually". But do we really know we are communicating as we think we do? Here we could see Descartes's method of doubt as he would doubt the words to be real and not a part of his hallucination. One thing that we can be sure of is that we exist, our body is real and Descartes says "I think, therefore I am". We could doubt everything that surrounds us, everything we hear an

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