Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Fremen socio-ethicology vs Existentialism

Fremen socio-ethicology vs Existentialism

Many noted existentialist writers consider the theme of authentic existence important. Authentic existence involves the idea that one has to "create oneself" and then live in accordance with this self. What is meant by authenticity is that in acting, one should act as oneself, not as "one" acts or as "one's genes" or any other essence requires. The authentic act is one that is in accordance with one's freedom. Of course, as a condition of freedom is facticity, this includes one's facticity, but not to the degree that this facticity can in any way determine one's choices (in the sense that one could then blame one's background for making the choice one made). The role of facticity in relation to authenticity involves letting one's actual values come into play when one makes a choice (instead of, like Kierkegaard's Aesthete, "choosing" randomly), so that one also takes responsibility for the act instead of choosing either-or without allowing the options to have different values.

In contrast to this, the inauthentic is the denial to live in accordance with one's freedom. This can take many forms, from pretending choices are meaningless or random, through convincing oneself that some form of determinism is true, to a sort of "mimicry" where one acts as "one should." How "one" should act is often determined by an image one has of how one such as oneself (say, a bank manager, lion tamer, prostitute, etc.) acts. This image usually corresponds to some sort of social norm, but this does not mean that all acting in accordance with social norms is inauthentic: The main point is the attitude one takes to one's own freedom and responsibility, and the extent to which one acts in accordance with this freedom."

                            "The authentic act is one that is in accordance with one's freedom."

Fremen society is structured based on minimalism of survival necessity. If one member of the tribe does not act appropriately for the good of the tribe, the whole tribe will suffer. Fremen culture is extremist by necessity; it 'preserves moisture' rather than 'conserves water'. Freedom within Fremen society is a moot point, and [their] laws although simple, elaborate around necessity. Before the coming of Maud'Dib, trial by combat; to kill another member of the tribe is to assume that persons responsibilities.

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