Beliefs, Models, Analogies

Existential Dispair is the Painful Discrepancy Between What Is and What Should Be

"If we search our subjective experience in comparable situation, we find that we are likely to assume the actions of a secret experimenter' behind the vicissitudes of our lives. The loss or the absence of a meaning in life is perhaps the most common denominator or all forms of emotional distress; it is especially the much-commented-on modern' illness. Pain, disease, loss, failure, despair, disappointment, the fear of death, or merely boredom--all lead to the feeling that life is meaningless. It seems to us that in its most basic definition, existential despair is the painful discrepancy between what is, and what should be, between one's perceptions and one's third-order premises."