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dangers of the authentic Life


Everyone needs to be prepared. And, I mean everyone.

I am preparing to explore the vital differences, and of course, the similarities, between the heterodox and the existentialist.

This is, at it’s very core, a formidable undertaking. A shift. Everything, what ever that may be, can or could (see: I’ve already begun to realize the existentialistic results) change.

Existentialism despite profound doctrinal differences, generally holds that the focus of philosophical thought should be to deal with the conditions of existence of the individual person and their emotions, actions, responsibilities, and thoughts. It is not some abstract set of theoretical truths. In simpler terms, it’s a no-nonsense philosophy that encourages you to take a hard look at your life and ask two essential questions: Who am I and how shall I live?

As determined readers of this Blog know, a Heterodox is that hearty and ferocious person that questions everything, and accepts little of it. We can respect the tradition, but we must challenge the foundation. The truth, of the day, is evolutionary.

So, I begin with a juxtapositional questions: Does existentialism and heterodox lead one to the other? Or, is there a vital point of integration for confluence?

Then: Is this, finally, the Kobayashi Maru? Could this be that holy grail? Is it the final application of God’s greatest of gifts to us – discernment? Is this where we find the most fertile ground for reflection and representation?

William Shakespeare, Friedrich Nitzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Ayn Rand proceed me. Thank you.

Stand by. Everything, the very fabric of the universe’s truth, is possibly at stake. The promise or the punishment. Being vulnerable and ready to change. Risking or improving one’s self.


Perhaps you are asking, first, why I might embark on such a potentially self-indulgent journey? Well… This is something I am, at first, simply prone to do. But, it also requires that I be ready and prepared to evolve. You see… I seek ever-greater authenticity.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

4 Comments to

“dangers of the authentic Life”

  1. Avatar April 14th, 2010 at 11:49 am Jeff Hunter Says:

    Interesting post: “I seek ever-greater authenticity.”

    Hebrews 11:1 – NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

    To the heterodox and the existentialist, there is no faith, only senses, only “the now”, only “the self” – ergo the basis for their inwardly focused perceptions. For these, life has little meaning beyond the immediate satisfaction of the soul and the occasional thought about altruistic or temporal humanity-oriented behaviors. Life lived for the soul is empty despite any level of temporal satisfaction one achieves…

    The question is not one of Hetrodoxy (“naturally departing from or opposed to the usual beliefs or established doctrines”) or Existentialism (“that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value” – often and usually Nihilistic) – neither of these profess faith in anything other than themselves as the measure.

    In fact the purpose of both is the same. There are no absolute truths, no absolute values, no absolute judgements, because there is no objective reality in which such absolutes could be rooted (other than ones self – i.e. we are god). Heaven forbid we have a book on which to base/judge human behavior much less discuss the ability to have an actual relationship with a “Supreme Creator” who so loves us and so wants a relationship that He killed His son in our place (Jn 3:16).

    Rather, our Nihilistic path-finders would leave us decide for ourselves… “Red is yellow, black is white, but we decide what is right and what is an llusion” (Pink Floyd). We decide. There are no tests, only conflicting (emotionally based) interpretations; there are no compass points, only differing (self-based) perspectives; there is no (basically evil) human nature, only changing human beings…

    In the end this topic and really so many others are just about undermining our foundations. Its been going on since the fall of Adam.

    So the greatest authenticity is to face reality…but then we’d have to acknowledge One greater than ourselves…

  2. Avatar April 14th, 2010 at 12:15 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:


    But, to say the Heterodox has no faith is absolutely false. The point of heterodoxy is to keep questioning and seeking the ultimate truth.

    At that excuisite point faith is foundational.

    Existential philosophers retain the emphasis on the individual, but differ, in varying degrees, on how one achieves and what constitutes a fulfilling life, what obstacles must be overcome, and what external and internal factors are involved, including the potential consequences of the existence or non-existence of God. Possibly to your point, many existentialists have also regarded traditional systematic or academic philosophy, in both style and content, as too abstract and remote from concrete human experience. It should be noted that Existentialism became fashionable in the post-World War years as a way to reassert the importance of human individuality and freedom. This is likely where Ayn Rand begins her journey.

    For the moment, I THINK where the heterodox and existentialist cross paths, or swords, is where we see the greatest potential for God to manifest His will. Open-mindedness and open-heartedness and discernment.

    This is a great line-of-thought. So, hopefully we’ll be seeing some additional thoughts from hearty and ferocious purveyors of truth and light.


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