Absurdism and Nihilism: Freedom From Meaning And Obligation, And Why It Really Isn't As Bad As You Think
When you hear or see the words "nihilist", "absurdist", or "existenialist", what's the first thought that comes to your mind? A good number of people imagine a very gloomy, somber human wandering around, with a misanthropic view of the world, looking to only step out of their basement and live just to spite others. I must admit, there are few like that, but that is just an ancient and overplayed stereotype. How can anyone be down in the dumps about that? I don't understand how anyone could be sad knowing life has no true meaning. On the other hand... I understand how somebody may misunderstand what that means. Most people, when they discover their existence isn't universally important, may feel depressed or suicidal. But look at it this way, you are not compelled to any way of life. No one is forced to fix the world, nor destroy it. It's just the beauty of living free from a specific purpose. And I, for one, think that's beautiful. Its out of a humans capacity to actually succeed in finding meaning for their existence. It sad to see so many dwell on trying to find it, if its even there in the first place.
Religion/Spirituality and How It Is Like A Drug To Humans
One very difficult factor to the realization of meaningless life, would have to be the solution in which one believes in the existence of a reality that is beyond the Absurd, and, as such, has meaning. The truth is, you don't have to pray to a "god" to be saved or live in "heaven" to be happy. You aren't really forced to go to a church, temple, forest, et cetera. There may be a person or another force that encourages you, but other than that; you have no official or true reason to be of any specific or general belief, whatsoever. Very many religious leaders use fear as a tactic to recruit members into their church, and proceed on telling them that a very bad eternity comes for them if they don't succumb to the guidelines of that religion; and very many people go into a religion to seek out a meaning or purpose for their life. Who else are they going to be obedient for anyway? Themselves? For some, sadly; that is humanly impossible.
In my personal opinion, they are only hurting themselves in this process; especially if this religion or creed that "serves a purpose" for them tends to be very corrupt and manipulate them to be dependent on it. Like a drug.
This concept is also very much existent even outside of organized religion, more so in the realm of spirituality. The main thing people who are spiritual ask themselves; is where they should go to find meaning or feel connected and at one with the universe, as if humans have the capacity to find those answers; which there is not. The delusion of having meaning is also with taking psychedelic drugs, which activate the 2A subtype (5-HT2A) in the human brain. The serotonin in them is over-stimulated, which gives you the effects. I know for a fact that psilocybin and LSD have helped many people that I know and do not know, but there are a good number that get into some sort of "god complex" or delusion of being sent here to change the world, like a entity had sent them. Yet another way of the human mind attempting to find a goal or purpose for itself; to negate the fact their existence isn't one crucial to the operation of the world.
Meeting Your Soulmate??
If you're over the age of 17 or 18 and have actually left your basement to go get some fresh air, you might have fell in love with somebody. You get into a relationship, share some good experiences, get married, die together, etc. Feels really good, but what if they told you no???
It hurts that the person you wanted to fall in love with and/or have relations with turned you down. But the sad reality is that no one is really meant to be with you, or vice versa. Just because you meet them and get butterflies in your stomach, doesn't entitle them as someone you were meant to be with or your second half. But maybe, just maybe, you'll find someone who's oxytocin is released when they see you, as yours are released when you see them. There isn't really such thing as a soulmate, what there is; however, is someone who shares the same interests and way of perception with; and with no meaning or purpose to your existence, you are free to play the field, pursue, and woo any person that you wish.
Wrapping It Up/Conclusion
You do not owe the universe any favors, nor any entity or even person in general. But they don't owe you any as well, at least from an existential standpoint. Life is meaningless anyway. You don't belong in a religion. You don't belong to a person. You aren't a spiritual demigod or an indigo child set to change the direction of the world. Because your life has no meaning whatsoever, you can do whatever you want with it. Cherish that; it doesn't matter what happens after you die, how your life was before you die matters more. Make your chronicle a good one.
And some may argue that folks use nihilism to avoid taking responsibility. It's sad but it happens, but you can hide behind literally any ideology for this, with another few exceptions. Although, very few have killed another living being in the name of nihilism. You can kill yourself and stop thinking, ATTEMPT to find meaning through means of man made mythology, or just move on and do what YOU want to do.
You have the power to do whatever you wish in this meaningless time you have alive. Go for it.
Thank you for your time.