Is life absurd? Consider this scenario:
You get up and go to work. You work for four hours and then have lunch. Then four more hours of work, then you go home and have dinner, watch a little TV and go to bed. Five days all the same! One day you wake up and ask yourself:
“WHY?” And suddenly your “life” collapses!
Is this life absurd and irrational? Is there no logic or reason to it? If God is dead, as Nietzsche says, then we have no code of conduct to follow and no meaning to hold onto.
So, we are thrown into this world, live a life of “sameness” and then die. Yet we are constantly on a quest for meaning in a meaningless world!
In the above scenario of a humdrum existence there doesn’t seem to be much meaning. We come from nothing, we live for a very short time, and then return to oblivion. How absurd is that?
So, life is absurd, it doesn’t make sense, how do we deal with it? By living authentically and striving to be genuine. You must confront the world in your own individual way. You must make choices for yourself and make your own meaning.
Do you realize that you too, are absurd? That’s right we are absurd humans.
You live in the world, you make choices on what path you want to take, but the world doesn’t care what path you choose. You are alone and have to take responsibility for your own choices.
The world of your existence demands that you make choices even though it doesn’t care what choice you make or whether you make choices or not, which is a choice in itself. Now, that’s absurd!
In conclusion, we have to face the truths that come from your human absurdity and embrace them.
Your existence, which is absurd, takes place in the world. We are faced with the task of representing ourselves by creating meaning in our own lives.
You need to be passionate about things in your absurd existence. We have to care deeply about how we represent ourselves. We must take seriously our choices.
You are free. The world doesn’t dictate how we ought to live. What you do is up to you.
You are an individual. Your choices are unique to you and you stand out in the crowd.
You realize your existence is finite. Our lives are limited. Because you acknowledge this fact it acts as a motivator to create meaning while you are here.
The opposite side of the coin is living inauthentically. This means running away from making choices. Living authentically is difficult because it requires self-examination. When you make choices it hurts because there is some anxiety involved. The inauthentic person wants to avoid discomfort.
So, make your meaningful choices and create your genuine self.
I wish you:
HAPPY MEANINGFUL LIVING IN AN ABSURD WORLD!
Also published on Medium.