Sunday, February 3, 2013

It is a positive joy to put out the fires of hell”

“... “The unexamined life is not worth living." What Socrates failed to tell us is that the examined one isn't a whole lot better. I'd tell people straightforwardly, without irony or obfuscation, what a pathetic ruse life was. I'd tell them that living was a euphemism for dying slowly, that life was an incurable disease that was ultimately fatal. I wasn't alone in my understanding of life's meaninglessness. Did they not experience the monotony of class and lunch, class and lunch, day after day? Did they not experience recess as a sadistic lie? Sadistic because it was either too painful or too short (you pick), and a lie because it was meant to provide some respite from the monotony. Second, it taught me that I could do nothing about the suffering of the world; one could neither adequately atone for one's existence nor make a meaningful attempt to escape it.There is but one truly serious philosophical question, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. Life is still a pathetic ruse: either too painful or too short. You pick. “He takes as a given that we live in a world that is completely indifferent to our human purposes. Life in a meaningless world was not worth living.- John Kaag Philosopher

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