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As Sartre points out in great detail, anguish, as the consciousnessof freedom, is not something that human beings welcome; rather, we seekstability, identity, and adopt the language of freedom only when itsuits us: those acts are considered by me to be my free acts whichexactly match the self I want others to take me to be. We are“condemned to be free,” which means that we can never simplybe who we are but are separated from ourselves by thenothingness of having perpetually to re-choose, or re-commit, ourselvesto what we do. Characteristic of the existentialist outlook is the ideathat we spend much of lives devising strategies for denying or evadingthe anguish of freedom. One of these strategies is “bad faith.” Anotheris the appeal to values.

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