|Is there any hope for us?|
The authors get into Freud and his theories of repression, but to be honest psychoanalysis is really a whole separate subject. The book culminates with Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), the final Existentialist. (The authors say they don't want to write about anyone still alive, so That's All, Folks. Current philosophers you'll have to find on your own.) Sartre adds to the ideas of Kierkegaard that you should never let yourself be defined by your "role" in life. You must always strive to transcend these roles and fulfill your true unbounded human potential.
|"Never look back, make the most of where you are!"|
That angst we feel though is not a reason to despair, according to Satre. It is a reason to celebrate, because it means you have freedom to choose your own path, and the self-awareness to know where you have been. These freedoms are a luxury, be glad for them, and always remember: it is up to us to make the most of our current situation.