Chronic stress, overwhelming expectations, FOMO-ing – all while trying desperately to feel purposeful and to achieve bigger and greater things can sometimes be a lot to deal with.
Life can be quite random, and it may seem like the Universe rolls its dices sometimes purely to mess with you.
‘We’ve all been there and it’s not a great feeling. The World with all its happenings as you scroll through your feed can just seem absurd.
It is quite absurd, isn’t it? Why were people having Tide Pods again? Fans requesting celebrities to run them over with cars. There’s still a war going on in Ukraine and Afghanistan is now entirely run by the Taliban?
But if you continue that line of thought, somewhere along the way you may find that you truly do not matter. Neither do the people you care about or even humanity at large.
You, along with the people that hurt you and vice versa, are bags of meat and bones hurtling through an incomprehensibly vast void we call space on a pale blue dot.
Okay, nothing matters. This sounds just like nihilism. What’s new about that? I humbly offer you a newer brand of Nietzsche’s grim philosophy – Optimistic Nihilism.
But how can the idea of your life not having any intrinsic meaning be a cause for optimism?
Well, with no inherent meaning to the things we do during our mortal existence and beyond, you are free to assign your own meaning to them. No answers are wrong.
If nothing truly matters, so there’s no real point stressing about things you have done and the things you’re going through right now. Take a moment and internalize this. If you did, the idea can be quite relieving.
In this post-truth world, Optimistic Nihilism can be a good way to navigate times both good and bad.
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