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Geworfenheit
The German word means 'thrown-ness' and was used by Heidegger to describe the accidental nature of human existence in a world that has not yet been made our own by conscious choice.


We have no control of much of our existence. Some of the obvious but ignored facticities include the era in which we are born, our gender and sex, our mother tongue, and our body type.

The ancients used the word fortune to refer to these and other 'accidents' of existence that have such a powerful influence on our sense of our freedom and capacity to create our own destiny.

Facticity creates a set of existential challenges.

Our freedom lies in our response to such conditions.
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