I'm sorry you feel that way Vic. Consider the possibility that there is more than that and maybe you'll feel better. I don't like to see people sad and depressed. Find something fun to do and just do it. Don't listen to these people who say "they know" this is all there is to it. There is no way for them to.
Thanks Jerry. Didn't mean to imply that it makes mr sad. On the contrary it delights me.
How old are you?
52. The subject of your post made me think you were getting up there, which we both are, and that leads to some serious introspection on life. Hopefully your health is good.
Reminds me of my 92 year old mother-in-law, she just got back from the doctor a reported "I am sorry to say I am in perfect health for my age"
Oh yeah, the post reads like Julie Andrews whistling a happy tune! I can tell how delighted you are ... honest!
Just because the thought of no heaven bothers you doesn't mean it bothers the rest of us.
I could not be happier in the understanding that life is meaningless, it allows me to enjoy the moment with out worry.
A) The thought of no heaven does not bother me, cuz there IS Heaven.
B) If you are happy believing that your life has no meaning,... I wish you luck.
The famed psychiatrist, Frankl, suggested that, even when the world appeared abysmally evil, a purpose was absolutely needed for survival. Having encountered the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, he lived to narrate the dreaded moment, when a fellow prisoner ceased to struggle for life. Usually, the prisoner refused to go out on to the parade grounds. “He just lay there, hardly moving. No entreaties, no blows, no threats had any effect. He simply gave up. There he remained, lying in his own excreta, and nothing bothered him any more.” His system had stopped being driven by a purpose. Such people died soon thereafter. A purpose is needed by the system for survival itself.
On the contrary. I find no evil anywhere. Life is not abysmal it is wonderful.
There is a difference between purpose and meaning. We have had this discussion before.
I live my happy life very purposefully knowing that I am worm food. And that when the last human vanishes from the earth it will all have been meaningless.
And that is why I feel sorry for you.
Gee Bud, glad you have my back. Keep smiling.
I just woke up this morning really hungry...and running late. I got 30 minutes before I have to be on the road and I am so not getting anywhere.
I need to learn a new skill because procrastination just isn't working for me
I made it on time and I ain't sure how.
I do that often, so I keep a box of granola bars in the car, it makes a quick on the drive breakfast until I get someplace with good coffee.
Oh I love the oat and honey granola bars especially with coffee
Life is about the maintenance of the flesh. We work so that we have food and shelter, and after about 60 or so years of doing this, we die. Then history promptly forgets we ever existed.
I don't feel as though life is meaningless at all, and look forward to the day when I can enter into heaven.
I can't really disagree with your feelings about life, as sad and empty as they are. I would at least take it a step further and say that the worms are food for birds. So maybe I'll be flying one of these days. :)
I don't think of it as sad. Makes me happy that at my efforts will perpetuate the meaningless cycle of life.
I am not certain were you are. This time of year, here, is almost unbearable.
You know other places are reveling in the onset of spring. While we languish in that last hurrahs of winter.
I am waiting to smell the lilacs and fresh mowed grass.
Lilacs are a delight. And honeysuckle. These and all the scents of life are wonderful trinkets on the march to oblivion.
Remember, nature always wins....
Always. Especially the worms
Vic: I don't know where you live but in my state and every other I know of, the body is set into a coffin that is set into cement thus protecting the surrounding soil from being contaminated. So worms don't get to eat human flesh at all. So much for that. Humans are now so worthless they can't even feed the earth in death.
Good point, Carla. It was a brisk 1 degree this morning here. :)
Yes 11 here an hour ago.
Supposed to be tropical 28 before the day rests
How's your maple syrup project going?
This coming weekend
Got my stuff
Have to wait for warmer days
How sad for non-Christians. No hope, no meaning, no future, no salvation.
Meanwhile, Christians are preparing for the Easter Holiday to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and providing salvation for believers.
Wanna come to the party? Wanna lose the desperate feelings expressed in this post? Go to church on Easter - you will be welcome.
Hope your dreams come true. I will enjoy every minute I have and die knowing either I made a big mistake or I that I leave behind some very satisfied worms.
One of the greatest appeals of religion is they provide reassurances of an afterlife. This seems natural to me as it seems many people (perhaps most) are deeply troubled by thoughts of their own mortality.
Not me, gonna be flame grilled.
Of course, the worms will enjoy my apples
Well, maggots are only food for birds, and birds are only a transportation system for seeds, and seeds grow food for humans and other animals, so it's all part of the grand design.
Look on the bright side. You can't have a good life if you refuse to admit it.
At least we all have a purpose :,)
As I wake up and thank the Good Lord for another day of life, I am reminded of the meaning and beauty that surrounds me. It helps me to remember that I am eternally loved and blessed, and that this life is just the latest chapter in my eternal adventure.
It would suck if I thought that.
Stop whining and join the dance, Vic.
I am not whining. I love my life. I just have different expectations then you dreamers
In that case, you should have said so in your original post; i.e., that you love "the great chasm that is [your] existence," along with (or at least in part because of) its meaninglessness.
Why? I assume (apparently incorrectly) that everyone loves life, understands that meaninglessness is not a negative, and looks forward to adding their essence back into the chain of life.
Really? Then why is the tag "Anxiety" attached to your post?
Well that explains some of the reactions.
Thanks for letting me know. It was supposed to be thoughts and ideas.
Gee, the tag suddenly changed to "Thoughts..."
I changed it. The tagging system here is odd. it is a tree. If you pick a root tag the system will add the branches. I usually clean them up after each post.
Maybe "Cognitive Dissonance" would have been a good choice of branch, since you characterized existence as a "great chasm," and you meant to convey joy.
I don't have dissonance, but this post seems to have caused a rift.
Well, I think most people would interpret "great chasm of existence" as an abyss, rather than a joyful river rafting ride down the Grand Canyon.
And so it is. How is that hard to reconcile with happiness?
An abyss is not generally construed as a pleasant place.
I delight in the unknown and endless possibilities.
To each his own.
What a sad unhappy opinion
Why? It is upbeat and joyous. I live very well and have a better disposition than many people who pretend their lives have some eternal meaning