What did SATRE mean when he said "HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE"?
- RussLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sartre's metaphor in No Exit "hell is other people" is always misunderstood. He did not mean to say that other people are hell-ish, cruel, or bad.
Sartre postulated that when we think of ourselves, we use knowledge of us that other people have. We judge ourselves with the means other people have and use to judge ourselves. And, others' judgments about us are in whatever we say about ourselves. Thus if relations with someone else are twisted or destructive then that other person can only be hell. That's what Sartre really meant in his metaphor.
- nick pLv 41 decade ago
…“hell is other people” has always been misunderstood. It has been thought that what I meant by that was that our relations with other people are always poisoned, that they are invariably hellish relations. But what I really mean is something totally different. I mean that if relations with someone else are twisted, vitiated, then that other person can only be hell. Why? Because…when we think about ourselves, when we try to know ourselves, … we use the knowledge of us which other people already have. We judge ourselves with the means other people have and have given us for judging ourselves. Into whatever I say about myself someone else’s judgment always enters. Into whatever I feel within myself someone else’s judgment enters. … But that does not at all mean that one cannot have relations with other people. It simply brings out the capital importance of all other people for each one of us". (From the Imago playbill)
- 5 years ago
The core issue is the human addiction to self (ego)
No self-no problem said the Buddha
The concept of an island self is a mirage
If you cling to that mirage,it seems that the other creates hell
But if you look inward, that construct is not fixed/real
Everything changes"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you" - Carl Jung
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- j153eLv 71 decade ago
J-P S was stating that he was existentially ok with himself, and that interacting with other people was the tricky part.
"A Philosophy of Universality," O. M. Aivanhov.
"The Path of the Higher Self," Mark Prophet.
"The Master of Lucid Dreams," Dr. Olga Kharitidi,
"To Live Within," Lizelle Reymond, and
"The Great Divorce," C. S. Lewis, are good re this.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Sartre sees the primary difficulty in life in the "depth" of reality. Reality is like an infinite cliff we are standing next to. Imagination is where we "cut the legs" off the cliff so we can stand to be in proximity to it.
Other people don't respect our need for delusion. So they are fear bringers and terror mongers.
- 1 decade ago
I know exactly what Sartre meant by that.I experience this existential issue every single day of my life.
- Poe BirdLv 71 decade ago
Live in New York City for a while and that should answer your question.