So is anyone here an existentialist or do you refute it? Existentialism, for those who don't know, is most analogous to being alone, lost in a boat in the middle of the ocean. You've no idea how old you are, or where you are really, but you have to choose a direction to go. It implies the nature of human existence as conscious and free. Our consciousness is what gives us choice and freedom. Existentialists believe that the universe is nothing. Life is nothing. However it is up to humans to give their own lives meaning. To deny your own freedom of choice is to live in 'bad faith.' And to embrace freedom of choice and live it is to live authentically. Although there are situational implications which direct our choices (ie. you wouldn't prance around naked because of laws) we are still free beings because we still have intrinsic CHOICE. So what do you think about Sartre and existentialism in general? (this is a really nutshell explanation so sorry about that). I also think it would be neat to gather a list of metal artists/bands who sing generally about existentialism and existentialist themes.