A Distraction

I love feeling busy. I enjoy the feeling of having things to do, places to see, and things to learn. But when I’m not doing something, I feel myself become sadder, more melancholy. I think about the fragility of life, the hard dirt that will bury us, and how we will all someday be forgotten.

And I wonder if being busy is just how we all distract ourselves from the truth that we like to ignore. The truth that our lives mean nothing, that the universe feels nothing, and that our society is spun around a fiction we see as reality.

Maybe life is a distraction from the coldness of the universe.

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  1. imaginashen
    03/31/2016 at 8:35 PM

    Definitely a valid insight. But on a more optimistic note, maybe the only meaning we can find in this cold universe is what we create ourselves through our work?

    • 03/31/2016 at 11:00 PM

      Agreed. Since meaning is purely a human construct, we can simultaneously accept the indifference of the universe while finding meaning in our own minds and lives.

      After re-reading this post, I realized it comes across as overly depressing / nihilistic. What I didn’t mention in this post (but I did in “On Being Insignificant”) is that I believe the best way to approach this seemingly depressing truth is to become humbled by it and to accept nihilism in order to create a more spiritual and fulfilling existence.

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