Anyone else that finds life/existence weird?

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June 24, 2020
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How can you overcome this feeling and not think about this?

Almost every night before sleeping i can’t stop thinking how absurd everything is.

No single living thing asked to be here but here we are alive in a body running on its own on a round ball in space spinning around another burning ball. No explanation no reason why we are here.

And one day it ends like we never existed. Need to stop thinking about this.


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Title Anyone else that finds life/existence weird?
Author Axorasi
Upvotes 181
Comments 120
Date 24 June 2020 10:43 AM UTC (9 months ago)
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[–][deleted] 48 points49 points  (13 children) | Copy

Albert Camus is for you--- he summed up life and its meaning as Absurd--yet he did in a way that can provide you the peace you need.

[–]1MrTheFalcon38 points39 points  (4 children) | Copy

"Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee?" - Camus

It's the only truly meaningful philosophical question. You should have a cup of coffee because after the coffee, you get to chose again. Extrapolate that anything as the alternative to death.

[–]BriefcaseHead25 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

'Should I give up or try this lifting advice everyone keeps giving'

I chose lifting because then at least I still get to give up afterwards. 7 years in now :)

[–][deleted]  (2 children) | Copy

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[–]1MrTheFalcon0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

This is very insightful, and I agree. Death may even be the beginning of another stage of existence. In any case, death is a gift that gives life meaning. If you can live 1000 years, then nothing really matters after a while.

Do you follow Joe Rogan and Duncan Trussell? I've been really interested in trying DMT since hearing about their experiences. DMT and ayahuasca are both supposed to make you face yourself (very red pill), and potentially experience dimensions beyond normal human perception.

Oh and then there's that story about Sinbad (the comedian) doing astral projection. That shit is scary.

[–]mrkinix15 points16 points  (3 children) | Copy

Friedrich Nietzsche is relevant too. Watch this OP.

[–]rplad4204 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Nietzsche can be quite confusing.

OP before reading him do some research or take some guidance

[–]Senior EndorsedVasiliyZaitzev4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Upvoting the Camus reference.

Too many people react like Calvin or Kierkegaard.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Albert Camus

The Myth of Sisyphus is one of my favorite books. I love that it is a call to action.

[–]jackandjill221 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

These are good answers.

[–]Axorasi[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Will definitely check thanks alot!

[–]TheRedPillRipper104 points105 points  (3 children) | Copy

Anyone else that finds life/existence weird?

How can you overcome this feeling

The answer is: 42. Just kidding. To answer a question with a question; does life give you meaning? Or do you give life; meaning?

You only have a finite time here. You can use it to contemplate the futility of it all; or do something with it. Choice is yours.

Godspeed and good luck!

[–]Axorasi[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children) | Copy

True, thanks brother!

[–]Snowboard182 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yup life is inherently meaningless. Life doesn’t hand you a set meaning for your existence, you have to give your existence a meaning.

[–]CryptoViceroy101 points102 points  (7 children) | Copy

"Given enough time, Hydrogen starts to wonder where it came from, and where its going." - Edward R Harrison

Nobody has any fucking clue why we're here, nobody has any fucking clue what "here" even is.

All you can do is to appreciate the pure miracle that it is to be alive and to make the most of your time here.

It puts the bullshit, petty squabbles and nonsense into perspective.

This time here is mine, and mine alone - and I'm going to make the fucking most of it.

[–]battle_nodes10 points11 points  (1 child) | Copy

It's a real mindfuck when you start wondering about consciousness. Is it simply the result of sensory input or is there a soul at the seat of the table evaluating the sensory input. If there's a soul, does that imply something deeper like meaning or purpose?

Are we able to artificially create consciousness or would it simply be a perfect replica simulation? If it's a perfect replica simulation, would this mean that it has a soul?

[–]DiosJ0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Yea and what decided that i'm me. Why is my consciousness not in your body.

[–]Axorasi[S] 12 points13 points  (1 child) | Copy

Man did this give me motivation, thanks!

[–]Bebosch6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy

It's all absurd but you have no choice. You're all in baby!

[–]hmsthinkingmeat5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

I like what Ricky Gervais says about it:

"For 13 Billion years you didn't exist, and when you die you'll never exist again. But you're here now for 70 or 80 years and it's fucking brilliant".

Or words to that effect.

EDIT: he says it better himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WJHDrEy8Mk

[–]rn788923 points24 points  (0 children) | Copy

The answer is get off your phone and the internet.

[–]superomar1313 points14 points  (1 child) | Copy

Absolutely lol. Life is fucking weird, its fully of misery and suffering, but it's so beautiful and lovely at times too. People are the strangest things- self destructive, compassionate, love seeing others suffer, empathetic, working against themselves, ambitious. We're walking fucking contradictions. Most people can't think for themselves and get their opinions from people they deem superior. People can be superficial or deep.

I think the conclusion I settled on is: build yourself into a king among men. From their, have your pick of the litter of friends and women. Build the life you want most. Get in tune with nature and animals as they are the purest things on this planet. Live a good life and chase after what makes you happy to push through all the suffering. And finally, never forget we're all just meat puppets with souls and that we get what we feel we deserve.

[–]Axorasi[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Real talk man

[–]Drakhn41 points42 points  (9 children) | Copy

I freak out every time I think about how one day I won't be here anymore. Where will I be? Nowhere. Doing nothing. It's blank. It's empty. I'll never be seen or heard from. I won't have another thought. See anything. It's so disturbing that I get some overwhelming feeling of panic.

[–][deleted] 27 points28 points  (0 children) | Copy

You don’t know that

[–]issam_288 points9 points  (2 children) | Copy

The thing is that you won't realize that you are there.

[–]beginner_2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

True but it's the thought of it that is so disturbing.

Plus all the unanswered questions...Is there other life in the universe? Are there other universes? Was there something before the big bang? ....

[–]Atheist_Utopia2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yes there is 100% chance that there is other life in the universe. Think about it logically, how big the universe is.

[–]DiosJ2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Who says that the universe has our best interest? Maybe it isn't possible to experince death and times slows down to infinity in our death moment.

[–]rprookie1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

will just be stuck in our own Conscience hallucinations, like that episode of rick n’ morty.

[–]TheGillos1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yep. It makes me wish I was religious.

[–]tw_c7c2d1e80 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

You won’t be around to experience the blank emptyness, which is the real mindfuck.You don’t remember the time before being born either, does that bother you?

In any case research the concept of the dichotomy of control and only focus on what you can actually change. Death is not part of that.

[–]throwawayforever-12310 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy

I think about this too...I think it’s weird how there’s just so much we can do as humans, and how everyone copies off of each other, uses similar slang, wears similar clothes, wears their hair in similar ways...no matter how unique and different you try to be with your life or style, you’re still going to fall under a certain clique or category that already exists. It’s like copy and paste x how ever many people exist. Like, life is just too basic for me.

[–]withouteverything8 points9 points  (0 children) | Copy

The idea that life is meaningless is only unsettling to me if my self esteem is low and I’m not doing anything productive.

Otherwise, it’s beautiful that the meaning of life is determined by the one experiencing it

[–]LongLiveDetroit5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

Ye definitely, like every couple months or so it just hits me. I just can't understand why anything exist at all. Like if it came out of nowhere it doesn't make sense but if it has always been here it also does not make sense. I think its just beyond human understanding, at least now.

[–]redlancaster2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

I was preoccupied with thoughts like these when I was around 19, 20, if it is distressing to you it could be a symptom of anxiety. If it is you need to address that. If not it would be harmless to indulge in it and perhaps you should read a few books on such subjects to satisfy your curiosity. Ultimately no one knows the answer to these questions so there is a comfort in that, there is no secret knowledge to obtain, you just have to make peace with it all.

[–]Axorasi[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Definitely some anxiety, but true thanks man!

[–]imjustaman932 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Kevin Hart put it nicely in his first Rogan interview.

WE ALL WRITING A BOOK, WHAT'S YOUR BOOK GONNA BE LIKE

[–]MountainFact92 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

  • Lao Tzu

You’re question is rather abstract to answer.

Say someone is unknowingly tarnishing their “soul” with processed food/tainted water/low quality meat/etc. and they are convinced that life is inherently riddled with suffering due to their self imposed physical parameters. Can you blame them? No, their brain is compromised.

Hence, when one is addressing fundamental questions to existence. I believe we should all first examine our neurochemical stability or lack there of. 90% of our serotonin is in the small intestine and if you’re indulging in the standard American diet, good chance your capacity to transcend the inherent meaningless of it all is tampered.

Therefore, before you attempt to rationalize the impossible. I advocate everyone address the fundamentals.

Stick to a whole food-plant based diet with the best meat you can find, drink water that’s been treated through reverse osmosis, religiously implement the Buteyko breathing method, make sure you are not nutritionally deficient with a blood test, etc.

Once that is addressed to the best of your ability, then you should be prepared to tackle said existential quarrel.

Personally, I find the answer in complete detachment from the ego/material/notoriety/validation and operating out of intuition. Most of my pain in this life has derived from over reliance on my logic to the point of obsession, rather than listening to the heart. Our inner nature inherently propels us towards virtue and compassion once we let go of all the peripheral mediocrity. The answers are always within and intuition will guide us down the righteous path if we forgo the maddening paradox of greed.

Best

[–]phellySL8 points9 points  (8 children) | Copy

Answered your own question right there at the end bud. You do gotta spend less time thinking on this. The fact that you can smile, laugh, feel joy, excitement, fulfillment is all you need. The opposite of all those things, make them all the more worthwhile. The fact that things work the way they do is simply the “artistic direction” that the creator/ the universe chose for us.

[–]Senior EndorsedVasiliyZaitzev4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

Life meaningless.

Death is inevtiable.

We are all fundamentally alone.

Congratulations. Now you are free.

[–]ChemaCB1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Where people go wrong is they get that life is meaningless, but then they make that mean something and get depressed. Then they miss out on the freedom.

Life is meaningless. And it’s meaningless that it’s meaningless.

So as @VasiliyZaitzev said,

Congratulations. (If you missed it the first time) You are now free.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Dying is to go to sleep and never wake up.

The inverse of which is waking up having never gone to sleep; when you were born.

One would think that having the experience of birth would somewhat give us an idea of death; but alas, this is not the case.

My point being, most of these questions you ask are not meant to be understood. They are meant to be experienced and even through experiencing it, they still cannot be understood.

If you really want more insight, meditate, smoke some dmt, but you will quickly find that having insight only begs more questions.

[–]IFuckingHateAllergy1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

I took the nihilist approach paired with an IDGAF mentality. By then, none of that shit that bothers you matters. Do whatever the fuck you want. Just know that consequences still exist so don't doo anything that's basically life altering like getting caught murdering people.

[–]a_desert_creature0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I love the "don't get caught" advice.

[–]kingofclubsmorde1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Psychedelics have helped me to overcome these anxious thoughts of this beautiful cosmic game.

[–]onpuzzle1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

No single living thing asked to be here

And you're saying that with absolute certainty because...?

Here's a thought for you. You are not your body, you are not your thoughts and feelings. The body is merely a vessel for your soul. Like a car that takes you places and allows you to experience things.

We, as souls, have all chosen to be here now. Enjoy it and find your purpose.

[–]PinacoladaSauce1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

The meaning of life is to find the meaning of YOUR life

[–]Altin_Beg1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Why stop thinking about it? Existential trains of thought usually lead you to some sort of life conclusion

[–]Rids851 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Welcome to your existential crisis. It's a bit of a roller-coaster.

[–]RStonePT1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Life seems to have figured out how to plod along longer than you have... Perhaps it's your framework for the world thats absurd?

Also, lay off the weed, you're clearly not ready for it

[–]cglehosit1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

I mean this is probably the great critique of Stoicism, Nihilism, and “TRP” since it’s a derivative. You can find this question and answer in Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov as well.

There’s a reason that countries with proper gender roles report a higher rate of overall well being: women are more comfortable filling traditional gender roles. This allows for more traditional families to form, men to take on masculine roles, and many of the great thinkers of antiquity implore you to build a family unit. Offspring are our biological and genetic imperative. You will find fulfillment by passing on your legacy to your children. Just do it correctly, and don’t make it or your woman your entire mission. Read the sidebar too.

[–]MountainFact91 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Olyesha ❤️

[–]pollodustino1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

The only meaning of life I have thought of that makes any sense is that life is here solely to make poop.

Every living thing creates waste. It's one of the major common threads to every living creature. So that's gotta be one of the big meanings of life.

To make poop.

Now, with that out of the way, go stir some shit and enjoy your day.

[–]dtyler861 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

If it helps, I went through this hardcore in my early-late twenties. I’m 34 and it still crosses my mind, but the busier and more successful I become, I realize that life has a lot to offer and what happens afterwards or “why” is less important than just trying to enjoy it now while I’m here. The best advice I can give is this:

No matter what happens and how hard life gets, imagine you’re 90. Your sight, taste, mobility are all less than they were. Your youth, energy and sexual energy are gone. What would you give to go back and have a shitty day as a healthy 25 year old? Flat tire? Bad day at work? Fever? Enjoy it. All of it

[–]a_desert_creature1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

This, this is the key. The busier and more successful you become the less you worry about the past or future and the more you enjoy the right now because it's all you have. These are all natural thoughts to have as a young man, but if you maintain your mental point of origin you will find that the worries fade and are replaced with becoming and being.

[–]mc7111 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

simply put. life is about choices.

why are you here? you were the lucky sperm to make it to the fuckin egg. your parents fucked without a condom, got pregnant, and chose to keep you. they could have pulled out, swallowed you, aborted you, gave you up for adoption or some other shit, but they kept you alive.

why will you die? because we are life forms that grow from cells until we can't create new cells and start to deteriorate. you can kill yourself at any time but you don't and still nourish your body to function. if at any time you decide to change that, you will cease to exist.

why do you think about stupid shit like this? because you were born into a species that can fucking imagine why it's even possible to be a human. imagine being born a fuckin other species that relies strictly on instinct and can do nothing but function to it's nature and habitat. imagine being a human restricted solely to where you were born and your ability set taught to you by only your parents with NO hope of ever surpassing that ability...but you aren't, you are a human who is totally capable of achieving anything you set your mind to accomplish.

insert some philisophical bullshit in your brain to make you believe whatever you want...whatever it is, you choose to believe it and give you motivation towards your actions. like you want money, you can either earn it or steal it. what you believe is, what you will try to accomplish whether you get rich, broke or end up dead for trying.

why did you even post? oh...ya. choice. imagine being in a place where you can't even use reddit. shit. no choice.

[–]beginner_2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Can relate. You and I should probably try psychedelics at one point to reset that mindset / get some perspective.

[–]Axorasi[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Definitely thought about it men, maybe that will ease the mind.

[–]o-eifos0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

You seem to ponder “why is there something rather than nothing”? I ponder about that too from time to time. Thinking and reflecting about being itself is very human and (I would argue) even somewhat of a masculine trait. I love to think, ponder, and read about God, religion, the universe, mankind, good and evil and everything in between. Its exciting stuff! Just remember to enjoy the other things there is to life. Enjoy having a good meal, enjoy working out, enjoy spending time with a beautiful woman and so on and so forth. Don’t get caught in overthinking so that it will ruin other parts of your life.

[–]Axorasi[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Exactly man, thanks bro!

[–]fretty5550 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This is one of the reasons I believe in a higher power. As far as I can remember I didn't choose to be here and I have no choice to live forever so there's no way I can control everything around me which is really liberating. Also we're just products of the nature's of our birth and reality so while it seems like we might have choices, I'm not really sure. I guess just enjoy your time here while the super computer of your brain is active and use it and your body as much as you can.

[–]Huntbutt0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

yes.

if you think about it a lot how can you not find it weird? its trippy to exist

[–]RevolutionRose0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Also to add, the whole system is metastable

[–]EdvardMunch0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Take this as you will but it might be time to dig into the hermeticum and Thoth's Emerald tablets.

It is a key to knowledge and wisdom weve long forgotten. So much exists today that traces to Thoth, or Hermes Trismegistus, Hermes. Our science, free masonry, the golden dawn, newtonian law, arguably the Greeks as they may trips to Kemet (Egypt). The truths will be illuminated for the language hidden in plain sight.

If you wanna keep playing seek wisdom.

[–]Sin-Silver0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Life is a lot like minecraft. it has no inherit meaning, no objectives and comes with no inherent motivation other than don't die. If you want to find enjoyment in it, you have to set your own goals and objectives. Some people do this better than others, some find create wonders of engineering and others create large societys and adventures. Others just get bored and quit after 10 minutes,

[–]1MrTheFalcon0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Well, almost. Most people peak, then slowly decline in health and mental acuity over several decades. As this entropy proceeds, you will eventually be unable to earn, and you will be largely ignored as the world speeds on without you. If you are unfortunate enough to live a long life, you'll watch all of your friends die, and no-one will be able to relate to you. Hopefully, you've built a retirement fund and family / tribe that will take care of you in the end. Otherwise you can count on underpaid care staff neglecting your needs and casually robbing you. Then one day, your body will fail, or you'll lose the will to live.

If you were a great man, you might be remembered for 200, maybe 2000 years. But it's infinitely more likely that all memory of your existence will pass within a few generations. You'll be little more than an anecdote to your great grandchildren.

So what is the point? Good question. Read Viktor Frankl's, "Man's Search for Meaning". As a child, Viktor survived multiple nazi death camps. His entire family was executed. He watched as other camp survivors escaped, only to commit suicide. So what's the point, and why does he keep on living? Why should you keep on living? His philosophy, Logotherapy, proposes that you assign meaning to people and things in your life.

There is a great freedom in knowing that nothing you do matters in the scope of the universe. You can decide on your ideals and principles, then pursue them with passion.

[–]sowhattwenty200 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

This is not a new question. The fact you are questioning at all is good news, perhaps influenced by beginning to swallow the red pill.

Try reading some existential/absurdist writing like Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus” or Beckett’s play “Waiting for Godot.”

We ascribe meaning to life. You are free to create those meanings, yet if you act in certain ways, our society will attempt to bring you “back in line” so-to-speak.

[–]Axorasi[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks brother! Will definitely read those. Hope it eases my mind.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I had a time like that, I had so many questions it was unbelievable. Who are we? How come we exist? How come I am concious? How come we are floatin in space? What is space? What is this space we're in.

Then after months of thinking about this stuff I realized I probably did not want to know the answer. I probably wouldn't even be able to grasp it and if I would, it probably would be so bad that I would commit suicide.

[–]Unholyhero10 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Yea that’s why I enjoy the fuck out of it...there are no rules only consequences.

[–]cracksniffer6660 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Irish Whiskey

Nah, just kidding, but not. Good luck brother. You could be a fucking numbskull with no thoughts at all. Cheers.

[–]BadabaBoompow420690 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

“I’m just dealing with the absurdity of existence by shoving absurdity down existence’s throat”

[–]Gawernator0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I turned 27 this week and think about it a bunch too. It’s unnerving

[–]Forsaken43210 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

It gets worse if you think about space. Sometime in the future the sun will be heaten up so much it will grill earth vaporize all water etc. If humanity has not ascended to Star Trek technology thats it for our monkey asses.

And if current laws of physic are right we never will. Instead of screaming black lives matter for communism we should unite and at least try to challenge our demise.

If Interstellar killer rays dont kill us first.

All galaxys are drifting away from each other until no stars are visible anymore. Pitch black sky.

After this all suns went dark. No more warmth left. St thid point we either know how to create new suns or we are fucked again.

So if you are depressed next time think about the cold darkness of space and say.

" Fuck it lets go and watch TV" :)

[–]no_se_nada0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I don’t understand it nor do I subscribe to it but the dude with the highest known IQ in the world came up with his own theory of everything. Check it out if you’re interested CTMU

[–]Forsaken43210 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thought experiment,

What if every night you go to sleep you die. And the morning after you wake up its just a person with your memories thinking its you.

The same would be for uploading yourself into a Computer for immortality. You still die. Its just a copy of you living on and thinking its you. But nobody could tell just like sleeping ;)

[–]sniper19050 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I just watched this video yesterday, definitely take a look into it as it’s only 6 mins long.

[–]mrmaika100 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

It’s my belief that we as humans have 3 distinct aspects: mind, body, and soul. Trp focuses mostly on honing the mind and body, but doesn’t address the soul nearly as much. This leaves room for post modernist/nihilist truth candidacies to make their way into our subconscious.

Some people fill this void with religion, but I find it much more productive to meditate and practice breathing exercises.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

You should try psychedelics. Startwith cannabis sativa. Graduate to an Ayahuasca Ceremony. There are churches in the US that are legally able to perform them. Or you can go deep into the Amazon Rainforest to do it.

I'd stay away from Salvia. Absolutely terrifying experience.

[–]Transport1270 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I have been asking this type of question for 15 years, and I’m still as clueless as I was 15 years ago.

You’ll never get an answer for the question you’re asking. There’re already many great philosophers who devoted their whole life trying to figure out the meaning life such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Emmanuel Kant, etc

[–]surrealismen0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

What your feeling is alienation. Viktor Frankl offers good insight on the feeling through his logo therapy.

[–]HumbleTrees0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Hello lost redditor. You may have been looking for philosophy.

[–]mickenrorty0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

The gods envy us because we’re doomed

[–]CareIsMight0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I think you're concentrating on the absurdity of life because you haven't quite found something to live for, so everything around including your life become questionable. Do what you want man, life is your oyster! Would you rather spend your time wondering about why we're here or simply living your to the fullest? For example, I made a decision that commenting to your post is worthy of using my time for. I find some value and meaning responding to something like this. Everyone's different. That time spent questioning is healthy though, because it makes you think what you think is important and not and you can move on from these internal conversations you have with yourself in a positive direction. Just don't get dragged or bogged down in an existential crisis. What we think and what we don't think is very important to us, more so than what people think.

[–]fubarcapitalist0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Well. I thought I was the only one who was weirded out by existence.

[–]savageinthebox0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Get your testosterone levels checked...hopping on T helped me with some existential dread. Not all of it, but a lot.

[–]redpill_scientist920 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Do shrooms, don’t fall too hard down the rabbit hole, you only live once, it’s cliche but might be true and is good words to live by regardless

[–]extasis_T0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Lsd helped me. I had bad existential anxiety, I mean bad.

Meditation would probably have also gotten me there, but a high dose acid trip made me feel so at ease with existence after the experience that I have not “swam against” the way things are because I realized there is nothing we can do about it, so might as well just accept how weird things are and move on. It used to bother me badly that I was trapped in a body. I was like overly aware of it. Writing that down gave me a reminder of that dark feeling I carried for a long time, maybe similar to the one you are dealing with.

Either way I hope things work for you, I would recommend seeing a professional but I have had no food experience with all of the psych doctors I’ve been to. Super quick to throw out long term medicine regimes, but if you really can’t get past this I know you could find a professional who specializes in this stuff if you looked hard enough.

[–]NeuroBoss310 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

The real problem would be if you lived forever. THEN your life would actually have no meaning.

[–]Ash_thearcher0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Absurdism brah. Albert Camus. He also was a fucking player back in the day.

[–]Thinkingard0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

I think I know why this is. It’s because of our modern lifestyles. If we were all nomadic hunter/gatherers we would be so busy being humans living and surviving we wouldn’t have time to ponder the universe instead we would feel connected to it and a part of it. We are all domesticated wild animals that don’t thrive under domestication.

[–]MikeLittner0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

They contemplated too. How many religions did humans make up ? People even worshipped trees for crying out loud

[–]throwawaycunt19970 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

What? You mean how life is an absurd paradox and the fact that the universe came into existence from sheer nothing is basically the equivalent of 0 = 1? (The grande singularity, if you will)

Yeah, but it’s not worth thinking too hard on because it won’t get you anywhere, nor will that question probably ever be answered. Oh well. Sounds like you have too much time on your hands. (I know I have)

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah, the concept of existing is way beyond what our small brains can handle. Even something that we understand, such as how our bodies work, is pretty damn amazing.

[–]IV-IVm-I0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

everyday, my friend. It’s a wild ride and we’re all just walking in the footsteps of those who came before us, almost blindly. It’s good to existentially reflect on this. The only way out is through. I have to keep thinking about it so I can normalize the strange.

[–]Endorsed ContributorMetalgear2220 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

You know as much about life/existence as anyone who’s ever lived, ever.

Life is what you choose to make of it. It’s value and meaning are intrinsically defined.

If you’re asking if it’s bizarre, absolutely. We have one hell of an intelligent creator out there somewhere. Having been to the spirit realm with mushrooms and DMT, I believe there’s some form of existence after death. It’ll be interesting to see what that looks like. I believe it gives meaning to what we choose to do with the great gift of free will.

[–]beginner_0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I for sure lack spirituality and psychedelics is for sure on my todo list to get some perspective back.

[–]rprookie0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Subjective

[–]Endorsed ContributorMetalgear2220 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

First line of my comment agrees 100%

[–]Bungeeeeee0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

What has asktrp come to that people are discussing philosophy/theology? Why don't you go to a forum dedicated to those things if you want to waste time doing something that will do you more harm than good (time invested in reflection/worry/rumination instead of action, leading to depression) if you don't want to pursue it as a profession (where you'd probably get depressed but at least get something out of it)? Quit everything, read nmmng and get in touch with your needs and do what you were made to do without indulging in all these distractions. If you need guidelines and some kind of meaning, read the Bible (both Old and New Testament) combined with quality psychology (or better therapy) and philosophy (preferably stoicism) here and there.

[–]cyyr-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

We’re here to process all the negative energy of the universe like stress and shit.

[–]spedoid-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Think of how billions of years ago a star exploded and eventually gravity turned shit into a planet. Then for.more billions of years molecules and chemicals did crazy shi then animals eventually formed. Somehow humans arose and then your grandparents had buttsex and eventually you were born.

Humans are a way for the universe to experience itself. Life and consciousness are super triooy when you think about it.

Fuck bitches, get money, lift, travel, laugh, enjoy your time here. That's all we can do and it isn't that bad my dude

[–]jamesbond8181-2 points-1 points  (2 children) | Copy

I will get downvoted for this, but since this is the real answer, I have to give it:

And I did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me... (Quran 51:56-58)

To put simply, the purpose of man’s creation and meaning of life according to the Quran is to worship the Creator. The essence of Allah’s message through all of the prophets was to worship Allah and that he is the sole deity. Allah further states that He made this life in order to test man so that every person may be recompensed after death for what he has earned:

[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed - and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving. (Quran 67:2)

[–]issam_282 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

And what make you believe that that the Quran holds the objective truth?

[–]ElijahBurningWoods-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

This is like Pandora's box.

You want to know whats inside the box, but once it's open, you're disgust by it and feel worse than before.

Stop thinking about things like this, especially when there is no answer. The only thing that comes from it is evil, aka bad vibes.

I used to think a lot about the meaning of life, when I was depressed. Maybe you are too.

[–]agentnamaste-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Stop overthinking, that ruins life. Good luck

[–]-since-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Forget all that you assign life meaning shit. Sure it help you cope, but by nature it's contrived and pretentious.

The real answer is:

It's true we don't know why we are here, or if there is any meaning, however that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.

One of humanity's ultimate lowkey overarching goals driving our purpose and discovery, is to figure out IF there is any meaning behind it all. This in and of itself is the only true meaning and logical answer we have to cling on.

[–]SaNightS-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Reincarnation is real. You only live one life in the body you find your self now. But next time you are born you get new body. And before you are born you your soul decide what experiences will it do in this life time around. Stop over thinking and worrying relax and enjoy life. For me to many thing's don't make sense since I don't know more about them but some things happens becouse of karma and some don't. Life is about having balance and joy.

[–]shadowq8-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

What is there before and after the universe.

If darkness is the end what was the beginning.

You look at the human body, you look at life, look at the stars, this all can't be random.

What is the power that made the universe, and us.

I find Islam answers most of these questions.



You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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