The title and tagline of this blog are taken from an essay written by Atheist Existentialist philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre in 1946 entitled “Existentialism Is A Humanism.” In light of much criticism from Christian and other philosophical communities, Sartre sets out in defense of Existentialism as a philosophy, highlighting some of its foundational ideas. What he describes is a philosophy of absolute personal freedom to create one’s self, life and values and, therefore, personal responsibility to every other human being in the universe. The longer I stumble and strive toward living happily and with integrity, the more I find myself agreeing with Sartre when he says, Life is nothing until it is lived; but it is yours to make sense of, and the value of it is nothing else but the sense that you choose.
In Good Faith is a blog about learning to choose life, and how to take responsibility for everything that I am and everything that has happened in my life. I have glossed over the details of my life, kept secret the treasures of my mistakes and hushed my joy for too long. It’s time to come out; it’s time to live.
You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. — Anne Lamott