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What is Existential Ergonomics?

Existence is primarily the problem of either being, having a mode of being, or not able to be. When looking at it, it is also particular and individual— always my existence, your existence, his existence, her existence, but also bounded in time, because one moment a person can be and another moment in time he or she can not be any more.

In these days of lockdown because of CoViD-19 we notice too many people who worry too much about their existence and about the future, as if the present quarantine measures would be able to “kill” them, instead of making use of the now given free time to make something special for themselves.

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To remember

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”

–Jean-Paul Sartre

  • “existential” = loaded + defined = “relating to human existence” or, more broadly, “the analysis of existence + ways humans find themselves existing in the world.”
  • “ergonomics”  = not well understood => application of psychological + physiological principles to engineering + design of products, processes, + systems.
  • philosophy of existentialism = concerned with finding one’s self + meaning of life through free will, choice, + personal responsibility.
  • ultimate goal of ergonomics = reduce human error, increase productivity, enhance safety, + boost comfort (specific focus on interaction between human + product or system).

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Preceding

There can only be hope when there is a will to be and say “I am”

The I Am to explore

Our existence..

I and Thou

Be for others or yourself

Being the change that you wish to see

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Additional reading

  1. Wisdom Quote #21…..seeking within with Carl Jung!
  2. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality

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Further related

  1. Brain-in-a-jar: A thought experiment
  2. Persistent Focus
  3. Pie in the Sky
  4. Teasing it Out
  5. Foothold Found
  6. Yes for the U-Turn
  7. Teachings Of A Crisis (II)
  8. Forever would not have been enough
  9. History in The Seventh Seal: Why historical accuracy doesn’t always matter
  10. Lyin’ to Yourself
  11. South Korea is asking residents to remain isolated. The U.S. military reports new cases of coronaviruses
  12. COVID-19: Social media overrun by DIY standing desks during lockdown (The Hindu)
  13. Setting up the home office: Ergonomics in the time of Corona

existential ergonomics

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”

–Jean-Paul Sartre

What if we could wrestle down life’s big questions using the scientific method? What if we could systematically improve human thoughts, actions, and environments in a way that shapes personal meaning and significance? Existential ergonomics is my attempt to explore just that.

The word “existential” is loaded, and “ergonomics” is not well understood, so I’ll offer some perspective.

Existential is defined as “relating to human existence” or, more broadly, “the analysis of existence and the ways humans find themselves existing in the world.” The philosophy of existentialism is concerned with finding one’s self and the meaning of life through free will, choice, and personal responsibility.

Ergonomics, on the other hand, is the application of psychological and physiological principles to…

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I and Thou

In life we do have to relate in first instance to our self, next to the creation, and then last but not least to the Creator Himself.

An “I-Thou” relation with understanding of past, present and future, is essential to build up something positively constructive.

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To remember

  • Martin Buber (I and Thou, 1923)
  • Humanist variant of/alternative to existentialism: Relationship precedes essence.
  • Identity = by-product of “I-Thou” relation
Martin Buber (1878-1965)

Martin Buber (1878-1965) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The way I read the Jewish theologian, Martin Buber (I and Thou, 1923), he offers a humanist variant of/alternative to existentialism. Where Sartre might say, “Existence precedes essence,” Buber might say, “Relationship precedes essence.” In contrast to the stark “thrownness” of the existentialist, who finds himself alone in an indifferent universe, Buber finds identity itself to be a by-product of the “I-Thou” relation (connections both to fellow humankind and to Being itself). Having shuffled off the existentialist’s burden of aloneness, however, Buber is not exactly the Walmart greeter to Happy Valley. Like the existentialist, he is weighed down with responsibility. For now he carries forever — past, present, and future – the built-in burden of all that connection, the “exalted melancholy of our fate” (16).

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Curious creature or Positivist man

Positivist man is a curious creature who dwells in the tiny island of light composed of what he finds scientifically “meaningful,” while the whole surrounding area in which ordinary men live from day to day and have their dealings with other men is consigned to the outer darkness of the “meaningless.” Positivism has simply accepted the fractured being of modern man and erected a philosophy to intensify it.

Existentialism, whether successfully or not, has attempted instead to gather all the elements of human reality into a total picture of man. Positivist man and Existentialist man are no doubt offspring of the same parent epoch, but, somewhat as Cain and Abel were, the brothers are divided unalterably by temperament and the initial choice they make of their own being.”

William Barrett, Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy

 

English: Historical quotes commemorating the B...

Thoughts ideas and will can bring man far in life. – Historical quotes commemorating the Berlin Wall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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