"The term 'existential' derives from Latin exsistere, which means to come into being or to have real being whether material or spiritual. By the existential philosophy, we do not experience ourselves as our essences or principles, but as individuals living in the world, always facing our own fragility and mortality. It is precisely this 'passionate anxious freedom toward death' that enables us to construct a sense of purpose, freedom, and authenticity in life, the fundamental existential attributes."
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