Jean Paul Sartre: Existentialism
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was an Atheist and Communist (ever notice how those two go together?), as well as an antinomian. A stalwart apologist for Stalin's Soviet Union, even after he knew about the Gulags; he described Cuba as a "direct democracy," Tito's Yugoslavia as "the realization of my philosophy," and loved Chairman Mao's Red China while despising America. Sartre encouraged political violence and loved Franz Fanon's concept of liberation through murder, terrorism, and Africans killing Europeans at will.
By the late 1950s, his ugly philosophy became apparent in his visage—a flabby body with the head of a toad, a blotched and pitted face, walleyed with yellow teeth, a man who never stopped talking and never listened to others.
In the end he stood for nothing. As he said himself, "Little by little Atheism has devoured everything."
The Chronicler of Hell
The man was an apostate, descended from seven generations of Protestant ministers. His life was a fifty-year celebration of debauchery as a drunkard, drug addict, and serial fornicator.
His chief enemy was Jesus Christ. He sought to expel every vestige of God from the world, calling himself the “Chronicler of Hell,” and bragging that he “collared the Holy Ghost in the cellar and threw him out.”
Sartre was unspeakably cruel and treacherous to the only woman who loved him, Simone de Beauvoir. He led the Western World into sexual license and nihilism; the disintegration of the family in favor of profligacy; the promotion of sexual perversion, abortion and euthanasia.
Life is Absurd & Hell is Other People
Sartre suffered from the same destructive fantasies and the same pathological malice towards what is normal that characterizes all devotees of Karl Marx: hatred of reality as it is. And he had the same tendency to divert attention away from the actual horrifying consequences of Marxism.
It was Sartre who launched the idea that leftist movements must be judged not by their results but by their intentions, which are always worthy, of course.
He preached that "life is absurd" and to be free a man must be alone, since "Hell is other people." Note that God said, "It is not good for man to be alone."
At its core, Sartre's philosophy of existentialism is selfishness. In his view, life has no purpose, man has no nature, the cosmos has no meaning, we only exist, and we exist best when we make ourselves God: "Everything is possible if God does not exist. If God does not exist, we find no values or commands to turn to which legitimize our conduct."
That is the deification of Self. All that is left is to live for is the next fix, hookup, and television show. Existential man is alienated and directionless.
He Hates These Normals!
Along with other leftists, Sartre had the same boogieman to hate: the Bourgeois, which essentially means the middle class. Normal people, that is, who are heterosexual, married, good husbands and wives, good fathers and mothers, believe in God, go to church, teach their children well, work for a living, try to get ahead, maybe start a little business, obtain some property, try to behave themselves, do not commit crimes, and long to be free from government interference—This is the monster the Left hates. And God loves.
Sartre is Cool if You Don't Know What He is Talking About
Sartre is cool for people who do not understand what he is talking about. He helped wreck our world. Nine times more people are lonely today than fifty years ago in the West.
The abortion movement—a sacrament for the Religion of Secular Humanism—has destroyed the closest of all human relationships. A billion or two babies have been killed in the wombs of their mothers—the very place designed for their protection.
We have seen a sharp rise in virtually all social pathologies. The loneliest people in the world today live in America, Australia, Sweden, Britain, and Canada. America is running headlong into bankruptcy morally and financially. And why not? In the long run, we are all dead.
A Word from Czeslaw Milosz
The Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) perceptively saw that the ultimate source of the despair, tyranny, and mass murders of the twentieth century was anti-Christian nihilism. He wrote,
"A true opium of the people is belief in nothingness after death—the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders, we are not going to be judged."
The point of nihilism is that there is no such thing as sin and no future judgment for our sins, thereby liberating us to do as we please. As Alister McGrath says, “The greatest intolerance and violence of the twentieth century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence.”
The Final Word
"For men have become lovers of their own selves, covetous, boastful, proud, blasphemers, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection … despisers of those that are good … lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God … never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (Paul the Apostle)