Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Vortices of Perspective Totality: Absurdity, Nihilism and Hope

I just read a quite interesting short article discussing recent psychological studies conducted with the conclusions that most normal people view things in life such as people, events, and even themselves in a rosier light than individuals exhibiting abnormal psychology such as depressed, obsessive-compulsive, and other similar types of disorders.

Here is the original article:
http://www.damninteresting.com/the-total-perspective-vortex

I find this very interesting and quite sobering if you consider the topics of absurdity, nihilism, and other deep existential concepts.

What is a life? What is certainty? What is something? What is nothingness? What gets you through the day and through your life on a daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, or annual basis? Do you have more despair or more hope at any one moment in time? Do you think that your perceptions are distorted in such a way that presupposes a rosey picture in front of your mind to avoid the nagging absurdity of this life and existence? Is it possible that you create and manifest angels and saviors to prevent your intuition from completely giving up in the face of meaninglessness much like that of Sisyphus from The Myth of Sisyphus and originally greek mythology? Do you project hope upon yourself and onto others for your mutual survival as an evolutionary tool even though your mind is strong enough to understand the nothingness and absolution of reality?

All I have today are questions. I have recently read many answers, but I have none to postulate today towards a potential reader, even if that includes my future self! I am however full of questions and hypothetical thought experiments that should suffice in the absence of answers. Good luck with the philosoophic dialogue!
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