Bad faith is a concept in existentialist philosophy coined by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir describing the habit that people have of deceiving themselves into thinking they do not have the freedom to make choices for fear of the potential consequences of making a choice. Commonly it is understood as to mislead or deceive another.
In the last year, I have experienced a significant amount of upheaval in my personal life. My adopted mother, from whom I have been estranged, became ill with dementia; her 86 year old husband, my adopted father, started confronting his own end of life insecurities, and for the first time in 30 years I started to spend time with them both. Out of this has come Bad Faith.
The title refers both to decisions made by my parents throughout the course of their lives, and how their orientation to living has impacted my relationship with my creative output - If a set of psychological circumstances or dispositions have been modeled for one, does that mean that person is bound to those restrictions? Or does that person have the right or ability to move outside of that framework? What does that look like? These are a few of the questions that I have been thinking about and trying to make work around.
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