1. Existence Precedes Essence/ Subjectivity is the Starting Point
o Freedom for Self
o You are the center of your own value system
o As a free agent, you spin your web
2. Complete Responsibility over Self
o Because we are free agents and we make ourselves who we are, we therefore have a responsibility for ourselves.
o If we have total freedom for who we become, then we are completely responsible for every action we do
o This anguish is due to the anxiety one feels when he/she realizes there are no absolute values or absolute right and wrong when every person is responsible for themselves, and no one else is responsible for them
3. Responsibility for Humanity
o If you are responsible for self, you are also responsible for all human people
o When you choose for self, it automatically chooses for all persons
o This adds to anguish or forlorness and creates a very pessimistic view: human is condemned to be free.
o The decisions that you make create a value system for all humanity
o This responsibility for humanity shows that one does have consequences for their actions because it affects all other people
o It is a standard image of value: if one makes a decision, then they are making the decision for everyone else
4. Because ones existence precedes their essence, one is completely responsible for him or herself, and in turn is also completely responsible for humanity