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Human Condition & Existential Dementia


The three questions “Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going?” constitute what I call the Existential Trinity. These three questions summarize all of the human questions that seek to find the meaning of life and existence. It was as attempts to answer these questions that the three traditions of religion, philosophy, and science arose.

These three questions can in a way characterize human existential condition: Human being is that being who is always concerned with these questions and never has an answer to them. No answer has been satisfactory; these questions keep being asked and attempts to answer them keep coming forth.

But if we try to summarize the situation of a person with dementia, and particularly memory loss, we can characterize him as someone who cannot answer the same three questions properly and satisfactorily! This makes the human condition all the more curious…

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