I n our lives we may reach the conclusion that religion cannot, fundamentally, explain existence: for it leaves our reasoning powers with too much to doubt. Perhaps worse, if religion is our only source of ‘comfort’, at fundamental level, we might plunge into bouts of despair when facing crises, forced into lacking ultimate responsibility and encumbered by the knowledge that this pain was handed to us.
No, we may say: we want to bear the responsibility of our own actions; we want to know our own pain.
Then, with this perspective, we may become hopeful of finding our own paths. As declared by Jean-Paul Sartre (pictured) in a lecture given in 1946: