Existential Crisis

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  • Radhika Goel
    Radhika Goel   Jul 11, 2017 10:33 AM

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/opinion/mis-educating-the-young.html?smid=fb-share 

    David Brooks in this article gives his opinion about how children in their 20s today are facing a much unstructured life without the soical instituitions the previous generations had due to the innumerable opportunities that may or may not be financially stable and thus face more existential crisis than before. To a large extent I agree with him. As a generation we are encouraged to experiment, learn and told it's never too late to try something new. Although this helps reduce pressure off our shoulders to go into set fields with gauranteed incomes while being unhappy, it leaves a great amount of uncertainity in our life. Instead of parental pressure it has lead to an increase in anxiety with whichever task we have to undertake be it relationships or jobs. 

    To answer your question, everyone experiences these problems more often than before and there is no one way to get over them. Our thinking is such that we will ontinue to be plagued by them tillwe are sure of what we are doing. Setting goals for yourself and prioritising in your life can be two things that will help you find these answers faster.

    Hope this helps :)

  • Aishwarya K
    Aishwarya K   Jul 08, 2017 08:43 PM

    I believe everyone should ponder on these questions whether or not it comes in the form of existential crisis. It is important for us to find a purpose and goal to follow in life. We need to find purpose in the small things that we do so that it adds an overall meaning to our life. Sometimes it helps to holistically combine our small experiences to add a greater value altogether. If anxiety or depression is causing the existential crisis then there needs to be a better approach to solve the issue.

    I believe introspection is a helpful method for solving existential crisis. Thinking about what led one to ask these questions in the first place can help. Figuring out the action, behavior or idea that triggered these existential questions should be the first step in solving this crisis. It’s also important that one doesn’t compare his/her life with others and he/she realizes that they are not alone in this quest. Even talking to someone, having a long conversation about this together can help people find answers to their questions. One should be able to acknowledge that they have certain unanswered questions and that it’s okay to be in this position. The best kind of resolve here would be talk therapy.