Existence and the Pursuit of Happiness, Simply Stay Alive.
The Existential Dread.
Ever wondered: What is life? What’s the purpose of existence?
While looking for answers to these questions, religious beliefs may give one absolute answer, to worship god, to clear oneself from sin or to become a strong believer, but without religion I wonder what else could be the meaning of life, and if there is a meaning, what would it be, if it's happiness, were we looking for the meaning of life, or we are just pursuing happiness and joy in life!!
It's hard to find the answer if we only want to push pain out of our lives, people sometimes feel anxious while thinking of existence, and they know how heavy it feels like, nobody dig into the meaning of life and not feel at some point he is over thinking, and he couldn't have a good night sleep since questioning existence, knowing that nobody chooses to exist, and the one who made the choice brought us to a meaningless life, well sometimes even believing in god don't bring that piece of peace to the heart. it's always "Why this happens" and "Why me".
Here in morocco, there is that stereotype on philosophers and philosophy in general, tell someone 'I love to read philosophy" and you will get to common answers, first "why are you reading that, are you crazy??" and the second is even worst "Are you Atheist?" specially if you mention Nietzsche.
Well within philosophy there is one mistake some readers do, it's not putting the philosophy into its period, and that miss matching make philosophizing hard and drawn them into black-hole of depression or instability, there is kind of people who read too many philosophies, Emil Cioran got them into nihilism and Schopenhauer drew them into pessimism, absurdly ended up with a fake happy life, it's ironic to the point I think of books as drugs, it's an addiction that may cause mental issues.
It's like bad use of good drugs; when someone uses psychedelic drugs while he got heart issues; then he is facing death, it's the same when someone is a book-addict but he got thinking issues, If a person can't control random thinking, books will ruin his life and he will no longer accept that he failed to become happy knowing he spent many nights reading books, the easy thing he would do is fake his anxious feelings into a happy life and a fake smile.
between one good life and bad life, we define our life quality by how we see every event happening to us, life is just life, it moves on, ice breaks, earth goes around, and star lights gets closer, it's up to each person to decide either to move on towards new experiences, and only by opening to new events, new crisis we know we are alive then it's easy to understand that life is a mix of pain and joy, but it's hard to understand it's only about living,and not a happy existence.
During any human existence; it doesn't matter if he looks happy or sad, the thing is he had been in misery or still in misery as far as he breathes, the real difference is what mind-eyes see, if he thinks his life end with suffering then he will surely die, and same if he sees life in joy, because joy never last for ever.
"The key to joy in life is accepting the absence of meaning and think of yourself as a sadomasochistic in harmony with the universe."
An Absurd Capsule of Philosophy.
During my philosophy readings, Albert Camus played a huge role to start enjoying life, and it may seem absurd but well some of his quotes make too much sense to start accepting none sense of life.
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
"The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."
"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life."
"Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears."
© 2019 Abderrahim BADIY