Can’t: the language of irresponsibility and excuse

Jean-Paul Sartre is the premier philosopher on individual responsibility.  He would scold me for my habitual use of the words ‘can’t/cannot’, because of the psychological disposition they engender; one of irresponsibility and helpless captive to insurmountable forces. He would direct me to take complete responsibility for my beliefs, thoughts, words and deeds, and to substitute ‘refuse’ for can’t and ‘will’ for can.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: