Signs as Existential Questions

Aries: How should I live my life?

Taurus: Am I really needed by those I know?

Gemini: Do I really know those I am close to?

Cancer: How am I viewed by my friends?

Leo: Can I take charge of my own life?

Virgo: Am I fulfilling the real purpose in life?

Libra: Am I working up to my fullest potential?

Scorpio: Am I treating those around me right?

Sagittarius: Have I discovered what I’m really interested in?

Capricorn: Am I exerting myself to try and succeed in life?

Aquarius: Why do I feel like what I’m doing isn’t enough?

Pisces: Can I really be a better version of myself?

On a summer morning
I sat down
on a hillside
to think about God -

a worthy pastime.
Near me, I saw
a single cricket;
it was moving the grains of the hillside

this way and that way.
How great was its energy,
how humble its effort.
Let us hope

it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe.
—  Mary Oliver, “Song of the Builders”
Hell is other people.

Jean-Paul Sarte’s famous quote from Being and Nothingness doesn’t mean what most people think it means.

“Sartre’s point was never that other people make your life hell. He was trying to tinker with the philosophical concept of "being for others,” which holds that people function as mirrors of our psychological understanding of ourselves. Chad the giant douche has been a douche his entire life, but his douchiness is reflected by other people’s reactions to him. The more people he interacts with, the more of his faults he will be forced to recognize via their actions.“