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Lost In Existentialism

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One of the things I remember most about going through school was always being encouraged to ask questions. The safety net that teachers would provide for me was the cliche, “There are no stupid questions.” My other favorite line of encouragement that seems to parallel individuals wanting a person to speak their heart, or express their feelings is, “There are no wrong answers.”

It wasn’t until much later later in life that I figured out that it’s true, there aren’t any stupid questions, only easy and difficult ones. If your ten year old son asks you why can’t they have ice cream for dinner the question is an easy one. If he asks you what happens to Fluffy, the family pet, after it dies it gets harder. So on and so on.

If you are a believer in simple, mathematical logic and rudimentary philosophy, then you’re probably hip on the concept of opposites. Their is no God without the Devil. There is no happiness without sadness. Their is no light without darkness, etc. So it only makes sense that answers to questions are either right or wrong. Seems simple enough, but I must disagree. Their are no right or wrong answers, only choosing what to believe.

What is the purpose of life? What should a person strive to achieve in their lifetime? What is the most valuable thing in life? These all seem like pretty simple questions. They’re short, simple and direct. All you have to do is answer. I wonder what kind of answers you’d get if you asked 1000 people. I wonder how many “themes” would come up, forming a pattern, sharing very similar properties. I wonder out of all those similar answers, how many truly believed the answer they were giving.

Let’s play with, “What is the most valuable thing in life?” It’s a tough one, but I’m going to say the number one answer would be family. A close second would be health? Probably only old people would say that. Maybe love? Only people just falling in love would say that. It’s just so hard to judge. Hey, if your reading this, ask 1000 of your friends what their answer would be and then tell me the results.

I think this is really the hardest thing in life to deal with. Even if you’re one of those people who never stops to think about it, walking around with a smug grin, believing you have your life together. Somewhere deep inside, locked away from you is a burning, rotting place that nags for this question to be answered. I think it’s because we all ignore this question, because it’s too hard to answer, is why so many people are secretly miserable. They hate their jobs, their lives, their lovers, their friends, themselves, because they are living a lie. I think this is why animals are so happy, they never have to deal with philosophy.

Have you ever noticed how depressing to be around and full of shit existentialists are?

Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

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November 10, 2008 at 7:22 am