On Loss and Making Sense

This week is the week of Loss :) Go figure. Special advice here for those who are "searching": Give up :) And start finding instead. Brain-pickings starts today: In the foreword, Lightman recounts attending a lecture by the Dalai Lama at MIT, "one of the world’s spiritual leaders sitting cross-legged in a modern temple of science," and hearing about the Buddhist concept of sunyata, translated as “emptiness” – the notion that objects in the physical universe are vacant of inherent meaning and that we imbue them with meaning and value with the thoughts of our own minds.

This echoes existentialist philosophy. Existence precedes essence. Push it further: Without essence there is no observant to witness existence. Hence you don't exist. As Nemo Nobody put it in the movie "Mr. Nobody" - which as part of the Impossible Family is mandatory viewing - "How can you be so sure you exist?" And later on reaches the conclusion "It should be written on every school blackboard: Life is playground or nothing".

Interesting especially that Jean-Paul Sartre especially wants you to be a kid. And Nietzsche believed that one's life and the world should be viewed as a work of art. Creative types may be more likely to see the world this way, and to constantly seek opportunities for self-expression in everyday life.

Be it Tolle's "The Power of Now" or Watts' "The Wisdom of Insecurity", un-certainty or no-solution is default. And as for everything, our perception of this fact can be crippling or empowering. The fact there is no meaning can be seen as the fuel of a more creative life since the (metaphorical) sky is the limit now. Take Carl Sagan: "If we ever reach a point where we thoroughly understand who we are and where we are from, we will have failed". Good morning Impossible Family :)