Everyday moods and existential moods

Figure 5.0 The Existential Categories:
Figure 5.0 The Existential Categories: (Photo cred

Moods provide you with an important way of sensing or feeling your own existence.

Moods reveal that you are always actively involved in life.

And the world you live always matters to you.

Some moods go farther as they allow you to sense your existence at much deeper level.

These moods reveal possibly disturbing insights about what lies at the core or your specific way of existing in the world.

When existentialist talk about moods they talk about two types of moods.

As think of your basic connection to the world as having the following two worldly dimensions:

The everyday world:

This is the collection of individual things that you encounter in normal everyday routine.

The everyday world is composed of objects like chairs, mountains, people and cars.

The existential world:

Instead of the objects in your experience, you are always affected by the world of significance taken as a whole.

This world is the collection of the ways in which the objects of your routine can appear meaningful to you.

Be careful— confusing these two notions of the world is easy.

Take the everyday world as when you are in a happy mood.

The objects or things within your everyday routine world will be colored in terms of happiness.

To you the world is just a happy place—you see the upside of everything around you.

We call these everyday moods because they relate to your everyday worldly experience.

Your moods are focused on these set of things within your normal experience.

In contrast the existential moods being felt with the existential notion of world as follows.

When you think about how part of what you are requires being engaged in the world in the first place—a world of meaning.

So you are not affected by a world of objects but by systems of meaning.

Try this example: when you are in your everyday moods, the way in which your workplace appears to you can be very different.

It can be a place full of possibility or of some depressing routine that oppresses you and that you hate.

But in existential moods you begin to wonder not what your relationship is to your job.

But what your relationship is to the different ways which your job can affect you.

In the existential moods you gain a different kind of insight into your existence.

You begin to gain the insight into the question of “how am I related to the possible set of meaning that can be used to structure my world?”.



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