Absurdism

  • emery ryan carter.

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    Wikipedia says:

    Absurdism...is a philosophical school of thought stating that the efforts of humanity to find inherent meaning will ultimately fail (and hence are absurd), because no such meaning exists, at least in relation to the individual.

    BASICALLY, according to absurdism, your options are:

    * to find personal meaning in life
    * to do the religious thing
    * kill yourself
    * just accept life's absurdity.

    (I chose the last one.)

    Thoughts?
    March 3rd, 2011 at 06:53pm
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    It's rather related to Nihilism, isn't it? Think

    I think it's pretty well-described in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy...with the meaning of life as 42. XD

    For me, I see no meaning. I mean, I adore what art, science and everything else does and it's all wonderful but doesn't really matter, in the end.
    March 6th, 2011 at 12:13am
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    Yeah, it's a bit like nihilistic existentialism, except it gives you options as to what to do about it. Plus it's generally a bit sunnier.
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    I thought I'd post the thread as I recently re-read Albert Camus' L'├ętranger (The Stranger) and Le Mythe de Sisyphe (Myth of Sisyphus) for my French course.
    March 6th, 2011 at 01:53pm
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    the meaning is riiiiight here!
    March 8th, 2011 at 04:35am
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    It's rather related to Nihilism, isn't it? Think
    Absurdism started in art and then moved into philosophy, Nihilism was the other way around because art needs to deal with meaning whereas philosophy (at least continental philosophy) had since Descartes assumed meaning exists. Absurd art goes back to nonsense rhymes and Alice in Wonderland, then it moves into Dada, Surrealism and the Theater of the Absurd.
    March 9th, 2011 at 11:25pm
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    Everything is absurd so if you think about it, nothing is absurd. Absolutes are bogus as they contradict each other in perfect harmony; there are no absolutes save the fact that NOTHING is absolute. And since nothing is absolute, everything changes. Hence the argument of whether life has or has no meaning is absurdity at it's finest.
    July 3rd, 2011 at 11:07am
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    For me, I see no meaning. I mean, I adore what art, science and everything else does and it's all wonderful but doesn't really matter, in the end.
    I agree. Of course things can be wonderful, but they're only wonderful to US as the human race. Similarly, things can be horrible, but they're only horrible to us. As far as the universe is concerned, human affairs are entirely irrelevant, in my opinion.
    October 14th, 2011 at 07:45pm
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    The "meaning" is similar to the perception of reality. No right or wrong, simply choice.
    August 20th, 2013 at 06:04am
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    You limit yourself to the reality around you and consume yourself with the thoughts of others and not your own.

    By this, you have doomed yourself before you can even truly live.
    August 20th, 2013 at 09:09am
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    Emerald Oceans.:
    You limit yourself to the reality around you and consume yourself with the thoughts of others and not your own.

    By this, you have doomed yourself before you can even truly live.
    What is "truly living" in your opinion?
    August 20th, 2013 at 05:56pm
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    @ Alex; periphery.
    Simple, friend. To live truly, you must be free from the shackles they teach you from the day you were born.

    To see what else is there beyond from their narrow minded views is important, you know?

    Good for the heart, good for the soul. Quite right.
    August 21st, 2013 at 07:06am