Lord Feverstone's Commentary

Musings of a Christian monarchist on life, government, society, theology, etc.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

On the Realities of Life

People live and die just as their ancestors did and as their descendants will. The preponderance of the people who have lived before have been completely forgotten; they had hopes, dreams, joys and pains, but who can recall? Who will remember us when our lives are spent?

What exactly does one anticipate when one rises for another day? Another day of working to pay the ceaseless stream of bills? Pardon me if I do not find it an exciting prospect. I see work as it really is-work. Since I am not one of those fools in love with work, that means I am likely not going to be reaching the heights of wealth and status, but I am absolutely fine with that. Those imbeciles who devote their lives to hoarding wealth and obtaining status will die as surely as I will. Will their wealth purchase them eternal life? Will their status convince death to pass them by? Absolutely not. The wealth they accumulate passes into the possession of others who did nothing to earn it. Was it worth it? One comes into the world with nothing and one leaves with nothing.

Some say the purpose of life is to survive and reproduce. What difference does it ultimately make if one "succeeds" or "fails?" It will not make a bloody bit of difference to me if my DNA "lives on" through children or "dies" with me. If I pass DNA on, what good does it do me when I am in the grave? If I do not pass DNA on, what harm does it do me when I am in the grave?

Some say the purpose of life is to have fun. Just how much fun can one have when one still must spend hours upon hours upon hours working to obtain the funds necessary for the necessities of life and "fun" activities? It seems to me whatever fun one might have is far outweighed by the drudgeries and pain. Pleasures are fleeting and pains linger. The pains and regrets from years ago are with me today. Can I say the same for the pleasures and triumphs? No-they are quickly forgotten. The impacts of pleasure are but pin pricks compared to the stab wounds of pain.

No reflection on life is complete without considering where the life is lived. This world is overrun with liars, murderers, torturers, brutes, cheats, etc. who do their utmost to raise the misery index. The depths of evil I see manifested when I read the news shock and disgust me. How many good, genuine people are out there? They are few, and even they engage in some of the same activities as those who make wickedness a lifestyle. Ours is a world of one problem after another. Ours is a dangerous world of decay and death manifested internally and externally.

Life as it is now is hopelessly overrated. What makes this existence preferable to non-existence? Remember-death and pain only affect the existing.

A life lived in a good world where decay, death and pain are no more would be truly worthwhile.

I dare to see life as it is, and some would object calling it "unhealthy." In my opinion, a healthy perspective is not one involving rose-coloured glasses. Pondering the realities of life is not a pleasant exercise by any means, but I think it is necessary because I value knowledge and wisdom. True, there is a price to be paid as Ecclesiastes 1:18 says:

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.


Blogger NYMOM said...

"...How many good, genuine people are out there? They are few, and even they engage in some of the same activities as those who make wickedness a lifestyle..."

Actually it's just the opposite really. We are a country of three hundred million people...considering that we have slightly over 2 million in jail, many of them for minor offenses I don't think it's true that our world is overrun with "liars, murderers, torturers, brutes, cheats, etc. who do their utmost to raise the misery index."

Yes, they exist but they don't compose the vast majority of our world or anyone's elses...the media focuses on them because what they do is news...For instance, it is not news to say "Mr. Smith didn't murder his wife today or Ms. Jones didn't kill any of her kids yet"...

Society couldn't function if most people disobeyed the rules...

1:49 PM  
Blogger Rich Bansha said...

Pretty grim view LF. Not that I think you are wrong about things. It is a fact that daily life, work, recreation, the news, what have you, is quite alienating.

The trick is to not actually live daily life or do so as little as is practical. One thing you can do is adopt some alternative activity and join the kooks who make it their lifestyle. Another thing you can do is pick out some intellectual discipline and devot your life to it.

What both of these things do is make daily life the backdrop and make the activity or interest the stage scenery. You can't exactly rid yourself of daily life, but you can demote it to being of little or no consequence. Maybe you have to take the pubic subway to deliver your presentation at the conference. But you will be going over your speech rather than concentrating on the reek of urine or the tattered old dude with the bottle sleeping on the floor.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like you've been reading too much Schopenhauer.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read all of Eclessiastes. The meaning of life is concluded in the end.

7:40 PM  
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10:44 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

I think you hit upon the answer when you talked about people passing on their DNA.

I think that's about all there is to it, really. They are operating at the level of machines running to the commands of an embedded program. It really has no "higher meaning" outside of itself. This substrate is what it IS....and doesn't ponder teleological questions any more than your car does.

Those who are more "evolved" will spare a thought for "the meaning of life" and all that sort of thing. Such souls are comparatively rare, and their lot is painful. "He who increaseth wisdom increaseth sorrow", or in other words, he who rises above the DNA machine level of existence cannot but be sorrowful at the ultimate impossibility of escaping it.

I think the best plan is to take joy in the pursuit of knowledge, and to live passionately for something....whatever that 'something' might happen to be. Okay, maybe it's all vanity, but it takes your mind off the fact that it's all vanity, and that helps....

I'll paraphrase Bertrand Russell: "Life is terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible. You must realize this, and only then can you begin to be happy."

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A life without any purpose isn't a life at all. You are demoted to nothing more than a walking organism without any morality. After reading your post, I'd say you should just end your existence to make more room for those of us that do find a purpose in life.

2:13 AM  

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