Existentialism, existential angst, Camus' Outsider, Colin Wilson's Outsider,
Jean Paul Sartre's Roquentin (from
La Nausea),
and J. D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield (from
The Catcher in the Rye)
The following excerpt from THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings, by Jack Haas, metaphorically describes the nature of the existential individual, suffering existential angst, and feeling as a complete outsider to the rest of existence.
                                           the exile

It is as if we are not wrecked, but intentionally cast onto this inhospitable shore- as if we are not stranded but chosen to stalk wildly into this land with the knowledge that we were sent, but without the knowledge of why we were sent here- and that is to know the lonely grief of duty, without remembering the call.

     Every moment is an improvisation, for no one has seen the script. The director is nowhere to be found, and the rest of the cast is a bloodthirsty mob of petty, ostentatious insufficiencies. And only because of this- because you are bored and pissed off, and because you know neither the plot, nor your part; it is only because of this that you eventually picked up your bags, and walked out of the theatre.

     The test is this: Anyone who does not refuse to take the test, fails the test.
Jack Haas has been called "The Kerouac of the new millennium."(FW) He is a wilderness explorer, world traveller, and shares his time between British Columbia, Hawaii, Ireland, and India.

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