Jean-Paul Sartre was born in June 21, 1905, in Paris, France.
Sartre lost his father at an early age and grew up in the home of his maternal grandfather. As a boy, Jean Paul was small in stature and cross-eyed. Jean Paul had troubles fitting in with other children, therefore was always in search of playmates. Due to this rejection of not being involved with others, he resorted to the world of books. He would spend most of his time writing. As a result to resorting to writing, this was a chance for him to escape a world that had rejected him, yet allowed him to create and rebuild his own fanciful world on paper, nurturing his dreams of becoming a famous writer. One of his autobiographies “Les Mots” was an example of his brilliant written work.
Sartre began to develop his existential philosophy as he was captured by Germans and became a prisoner when world war 11 broke out. Such a tragic event, however, allowed him to theorize that we humans are free regardless, even if we were stuck in chains.
As a result, Sartre’s theory generally claims that self is an event in time, in other words a dynamic, future-oriented project as opposed to being static. He connected his theory with the project of building a bridge, as the “self” always being under active construction. A project continually changing, and never finished. He concluded that the self isn’t given a “guidebook” or instructions on how to construct it, therefore you must make it yourself.
I agree with Sartre’s philosophy. His philosophy overall concludes that one is born with a blank sheet on which one writes one’s own character, nature, essence. Therefore, everything is based on one self. As a result, the consequence of this, is that each individual is entirely responsible for what he or she is. We are all in control of our own personal character, and nature. Our actions determine our self and the realization of this responsibility produces angoisse, the feeling of total solitude and despair. Humans are thrown into the world, and whatever we make of ourselves determines our essence. Therefore, we are not definable at first because we are nothing to begin with, so we must be what we makes of ourselves.