One of the best things in life…
…is to get lost.
Physically, emotionally; any activity that makes you feel detached from your conscious self I would consider an act of “getting lost”.
We’re humans. What is the point of having this large brain if we do not introspect? To discover? To feel the emptiness of perceived purpose?
I’ve run across this a lot: the feeling that there is no point in most things, that empty dread that tears at me from the back of my mind. Doesn’t matter if I dismiss it, telling myself that I am being irrational; it pervades my thoughts and eats away at all of my attention.
I frequently have thoughts about religious, social and psychological constructs. Granted, I studied very little of any of those but whenever I feel lost, whenever I feel empty, one thought hits me every time:
There really isn’t a point to life at all from a scientific point of view. We live, we reproduce, we die.
I really would like to believe that there is this magical, esoteric place somewhere out there where our conscious minds go after death but everything that I see and feel say otherwise.
So what is a non-religious individual to do in this world? Why feel happiness at all? What is the point?
To live, dammit. There is nothing else. There is only you and those that you care about, as basic of a thought as that may be. Even more base than that: there are only your cares.
The splendor of existence is something that one can appreciate only if one can see spontaneity in life and that this spontaneity exists because of the inherent emptiness in life itself. Life is a phenomenon and the emptiness or dread that may arise in our conscious minds when trying to tie purpose to it are reactions towards the idea of how mundane and evanescent life is.
So to myself, maybe even you, I say that you should not despair over the shortness of life. Do not solely associate Life with its terseness because that is only one variable it its equation; Life is a complex dance between the animate and the inanimate in this universe, a constant flux between “purpose” and “emptiness” and you are a part of it by just being here. Yes. You.
And look at how graceful you are.