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The liberty of absurdism
Posted: Posted February 12th
Edited February 12th by Louis De Pointe du Lac

Sometimes in the course of our studies in life we will come across territory that is dangerous to our happiness. For some it is topics like evolution, for others it is tragedies like the holocaust, and for yet others it is global warming or the looming growth/consumption disaster. When this happens many people stop in their tracks and say "no more!" and the study ends. Their needs shackle them and they have now wandered as far as the chain will allow. This is of course a chain of fear, but the thing they are terrified of isn't the knowledge. It is the expectation of eternal depression or the end of their happiness. To put it poetically, they fear hell. However the trouble with this expectation is that there are five stages of grief. Not four. They forget the last stage. That wonderful light at the end of the tunnel.

That is why I think the greatest liberty of absurdism is the liberty of investigation. An absurdist remembers that light. While truth is not always an easy thing to face, if you can say to yourself "I can accept the worst possible Universe as well as the best" then nothing in the world of science and reality is denied you. Nor can anything hurt you. You become educationally immortal. Denial, anger, and bargaining may make some minds feel better, but they all pale in comparison.

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Interesting take on it. It is certainly liberating in that sense, it's just that when you get too caught up in it, it can be hard to tell what exactly you are, or represent, or anything really. Too much information, but not knowing what to do with it. It can become daunting and thus a sense of security can be lost.

But ya, I'd say otherwise it's a good thing.

Posted February 13th by KnokkelMillennium
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it's just that when you get too caught up in it, it can be hard to tell what exactly you are, or represent, or anything really.

That is a good point and a challenge that even in my personal life I am having to address right now.

But this has not been as much of a problem as it should be for me, simply because no one else seems to be an absurdist. The default mind (that animal mind which predates religion, politics, and philosophy but still finds the will to survive on instinct and habit alone) is no longer normal. Instead the addiction of romantic notions, causes, and purposes has out-populated it. The normal is now abnormal and vice versa. This strange situation has allowed me to tell myself apart from everyone else. I have been the only one who isn't crazy. By this I have been special. By this I have been unique. I haven't needed to work any harder than a black sheep whose fleece only needs to grow for it to stand out from the flock. But I know this isn't enough.

I need to build my character, and I need to do it without the belief in purpose. Not an easy task. But maybe a good starting point is remembering that unlike everyone else, I decided to stop taking the drug. More than the simple fact that I am an absurdist, the fact I BECAME an absurdist may say something about myself personally.

Edited February 13th by Louis De Pointe du Lac
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