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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Existence is Futile
All of human existence is simply a pointless cycle of boredom - desire - satiety - boredom. Eating is the most basic example, you're hungry - you eat - then you're full; for a time then it starts all over again. The past is empty/nothingness, the future is vain unattainable hope. People try to pass themselves on via procreation and leaving a will, but the person is now gone no matter what they try to leave behind. In the grand scheme of the universe, time, space and eternity no one makes any difference. There is nothing worth living for; hoping for the future is in vain and nothing can be gained. All that one gains in life is lost in death. Even if one passes on a large amount of possessions/money to one's offspring that person still dies, and becomes nothing.
Interesting though in the made a point against Epicureanism: One shouldn't dwell on the past; it's gone/a dream, nothing can be done about it. One mustn't dwell on the future; it's unknowable and always unpredictable. Lastly, one shouldn't live for the present either; it's fleeting, only here for just a moment then lost to the past, which is a dream.
Where is this coming from, you ask... I've been listening to this podcast here, and it's based on a translation of Author Schopenhauer's work, The Emptiness of Existence. I can't believe that there aren't more people that commit suicide based on this work. If all of life is a short tumble down the hill of existence into non-existence, why go on living?
Along the same lines, a friend and I were talking about the concept of being able to transfer one's consciousness into a machine. He kept calling that technological advance, "the singularity." I'm assuming he was referencing this book The Singularity is Near by Raymond Kurzweil. My friend kept saying that being able to do that would render a person (virtually) immortal. Total hogwash! Thinking like this is such a small view of eternity/infinity. Computers break down over time; data corrupts over time. On an even larger scale energy sources will eventually run out. Even the sun will eventually run out. Infinity is so much farther into the future than computers or electricity or the sun.
Keep in mind that one must caveat that first paragraph with... "without God..." With God, nothing is futile, everything and everyone has meaning and purpose. I don't agree with Pascal's wager: that one should believe because it doesn't hurt and in the end if it turns out you're wrong then it doesn't matter. However, this is something similar... if life has no meaning without God, then you should believe, so that your life has meaning.