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  1. I envy the people without existential angst. But I don’t really enjoy socializing with them all that much. I appreciate that they’re out there in the world doing their jobs and taking care of things that need to get done. And I’m happy that they’re not here in our bloggy world where we insist on analyzing everything endlessly.

  2. Let us not bother with any wise men other than our own self 🙂

    There are moments in my struggle where I’m tryin to see the struggle from a point 100 ft above. In those moments I get the feeling that the angst is taking up all the energy and there’s barely anything left for a real life.

    So in a way the struggle is leading me to seek being devoid of the angst.

    The Taos say that words can’t describe TAO. Any attempt to do that is NOT Tao! (

    I’m amazed at the depth of this post. Honestly I did not see this coming from such a young kid!

  3. @ Because of B: The person I met wasn’t living on auto-pilot. Which is why it made me think.

    @ Gaizabonts: Ah…that kind of agony, the sweet, excruciating sort? Yes, I think that kind of wonder might qualify as existential angst too if it was a deep, hungry yearning to know and not just a “I can live without the knowledge, who cares?” question.

    @ Pragni: That’s certainly a point to be considered.I don’t think people who don’t suffer existential angst are wrong, au contraire, I wish I could learn to be like that. But I guess that’s part of the agony of being…the agony of being me.

    @ Ranjan: We’re all struggling to be free of angst. Or are we? The struggle is nothing more than the propagation of angst, or so the wise ones would have us know. What do you think?

    @ KVN: Sanity? I lost touch with that centuries ago!

    @ Lost_Brownie: Umm..if angst were over, there wouldn’t be any poetry, music, art or philosophy anymore. There’s a saying in Hindi that means “You aren’t an artist (singer/poet) until you’ve suffered. The pain brings that certain quality to your expression.”

  4. but angst is over, sistah… like the glittery bling-y stuff like bombay girls insist on wearing. actually that isn’t over, it should be!!!

  5. Disagree with BOB. When we say that we are struggling with our life, suffering and are not like those not suffering from the angst, we are actually seeking to be devoid of the angst.

    I hv my own cross to bear. I’m striving to be a man of action with inaction.!?!:)

    Tao has some amazing insights and they talk of action in inaction. Wish I cd understand it more.

  6. @pragni: “For all you know the people who do not suffer from existential angst wonder how those suffering from it survive.. or endure it.”

    just thinking out loud – does that wonder qualify as a ‘form’ of Existential Angst?

  7. BoB, Gaizabonts – Normally, humans tend to think that the state they are in is the correct or right one, and the state they are not in (and therefore someone else is in) is bad, harmful or wrong (in a way). For all you know the people who do not suffer from existential angst wonder how those suffering from it survive.. or endure it.. Everyone has a different way of living and looking at life.. Which is not to say that I dont suffer from it… but like Ideasmith says, there must be an answer to it.. somewhere.. how do they do it..

  8. Reminds me of “Worse than the total agony of being in love?” from Love Actually. Agree with BoB above, robotic almost, without existential angst. Q comes whether it is really possible that some exist without the angst?

  9. Those who do not suffer from existential angst are probably only living in an auto-pilot mode. We, who do, actually live, struggle and suffer. We’re open to changes, whether brought by our actions or others’.