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Stubman weighs in with some existentialistic ponderings …
And as you wonder, existentialistic notions in the form of Zen, atheism, and even Christianity in some ways if that was/is your central belief system begin to fade and become increasingly irrelevant.
Recommended reference material on existentialistic treatment of choice, freedom, morality:
If you asked me now, I'd say that it's an existentialistic tale of a young man who transcends his limitations and becomes the ideal, while the limited ideal crashes and burns as he is bombarded with the cruel reality that there is no absolute ideal.
It's not really existentialistic, but the amount of misery and sadness that illuminates off the film is too much and not just for me as Japanese audiences didn't even go see this in the seventies to warrant it a success.
Or you hold your (false opinion and claim that it is infallible - but then the new existentialistic/idealistic-based theology is infallibly wrong. (read HG!