distractions - away from the void of nihilism
February 10th, 2022

Falling into the existential void and wondering what “the purpose of life is” is a very human thing. Indeed, it is what makes us "conscious beings" But this made me wonder why doesn't a common man wonders: what the meaning or purpose of life is?

The answer is: distractions

Not the ones you can think of, like using your phone or scrolling memes. The actual "job", "work" or "tasks" that you perform on daily basis. The goals that you are chasing. Everything is but a mere distraction from this nihilistic life. You are so engrossed in it, that you forget to wonder about who you are in the first place.

And the brilliancy of the societal structure is that, that it makes this very question worthless by employing escapism and tribalism to its best.

Escapism: escaping the reality

Just like how you forget everything around yourself when you play a game and the only thing on your mind is to beat the game.

Similar things are what constitutes our social structure.

Your job
Your religion
Your tribalism
Your human goals
Your societal status

Everything is but a mere tool of distraction from the question:

"Who or what are you? What is your purpose?"

So why not slow down? Take a moment out to realise that, the aim that we are so relentlessly chasing, like a hamster on the hamster wheel is but a mere tool of distraction. Is but a mere game that we are so immersed in that we forget to take a moment out and wonder, why we started to play it in the first place.

I know that some questions cannot be answered, but that doesn't make them not worth asking. The goal isn't to reach the state of enlightenment, but to strive towards it.

We may never know who or what we are and what the purpose of our lives is. But that shouldn’t stop us from asking it.

So why not just take a moment out, do nothing, wonder and realise that everything is but a mere tool of distraction.

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