Senior Project Advisor
Realization, spirituality, meaning, Fractal, existential, philosophy, literature
The following project is the beginnings of my formal exploration into the existential and spiritual natures of our world, via story. Postmodernism has brought the importance of subjectivity to the forefront of academia, but it has also brought nihilism and secularism. If God is dead, what purpose is there to go on? If subjectivity is unavoidable and possibly at the foundation of existence, what does that mean for truth?
Some intellectuals have tried to fill these existential holes with new philosophical inquiries such as existentialism, absurdism, and effective altruism. Some intellectuals accuse postmodernism of destroying morality, advocating we return back to how things have always been. Some intellectuals don't give any answer. Sometimes they outright refuse to give one, as to do so would inherently be lying.
To some degree, I have tried all these methods, and found only dead ends which lead to despair. I continued on, trying to find an answer to our nihilistic reality. What I have based my stories off of are the answers. Most surprisingly, I didn't find my answers in some radical new idea, but in ancient wisdom--as old as humanity; as old as the universe.
Nguyen, Payton, "Realization: A Short Story Collection for an Existentially Confused World" (2021). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 501.
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