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Existentialism: What Is It and What Does It Mean to You?

Existentialism is a philosophical movement that emphasizes individual freedom and responsibility. It deals with the nature of existence, particularly concerning the meaning of life.  People often associate existentialism with Western philosophers such as Soren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche, but there are many Eastern philosophies that share some similar beliefs, including Muslim, Tao and Buddhist philosophies. The term "existentialism" was coined by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard who used it in 1843 when he wrote an essay titled “On Angst” to identify his positioning as a Christian thinker who embraces both faith and reason.  The existentialists believe that authenticity comes from living an authentic life and meeting one's true self. This will then lead to a better connection with others, more fulfilling relationships, and higher levels of happiness. The modern idea behind this philosophy is that people are products of their choices in life, therefore we must