"Man is condemned to be free.
Condemned because he did not create himself,
yet is nevertheless at liberty, and
from the moment he is thrown into this world
he is responsible for everything he does."
Jean-Paul Sartre
Existentialism and Humanism
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We are condemned to be anything when thrown into this world and indeed we are resposible for everything we do, but freedom is found from within and its means are simple; self-discipline, honor and kindness.
 -- RobertSRQ     
    I guess its all in how you define condemnation. I believe I am more free than most and do not consider myself condemned. Responsibility, self-discipline, honor, and kindness are all part of true freedom.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Very realistic. For a prison and a condemnation, life isn't half bad. ;-) Most religious dogmas have similar interpretations of this temporal world.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    So, it boils down to

    "Man is condemned to be responsible for everything he does."

    Who could argue?
     -- anonymous     
    Neutral and naturalistic statement. Negative frame of mind. But yes we are responsible for everything we do. If we do that which is good, we will have praise of the same. There is a hint of truth in the statement, but not condemnation, a sore travail given to men.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
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