Gloomy, ghastly and full of despair

Haha first post and an extremely angsty one…

Anyway the title is borrowed from a chapter from the manga Bleach. I like it because the adjectives befit the nihilistic, cynical, existentialist mood of this post. I blame you Tony. LOL

… in spite of or in defiance of the whole of existence he wills to be himself with it, to take it along, almost defying his torment. For to hope in the possibility of help, not to speak of help by virtue of the absurd, that for God all things are possible – no, that he will not do. And as for seeking help from any other – no, that he will not do for all the world; rather than seek help he would prefer to be himself – with all the tortures of hell, if so it must be.

– Soren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death

I don’t know what’s your definition of God but if it is something like Bertrand Russell’s teapot, somehow I can’t find it within myself to perform that leap of faith, at least right now. I rather live a sick, sad life than to find solace in something that I couldn’t digest logically.

“Hope is nature’s veil for hiding truth’s nakedness.”

– Alfred Nobel

Mankind occupy no special position in the universe. We’re just result of a cosmic jackpot. The only meaning there is our struggle for survival as for every other living organism. Hope is our delusion for survival in adsurdism. 

There are no atheists in foxhole

But then again, I could afford to make this statement while I’m in my little comfort zone. I wonder if I could still say the same when tragedy hits. 

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5 Responses to Gloomy, ghastly and full of despair

  1. Not cosmic jackpot, but a whole load of stardusts. I quote:-

    “Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. The atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. You are all stardust. All the things that matter for evolution and for life weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. The only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
    – Lawrence Krauss

    And, of course, Carl Sagan.

    “Ann Druyan suggests an experiment: Look back again at the pale blue dot of the preceding chapter. Take a good long look at it. Stare at the dot for any length of time and then try to convince yourself that God created the whole Universe for one of the 10 million or so species of life that inhabit that speck of dust. Now take it a step further: Imagine that everything was made just for a single shade of that species, or gender, or ethnic or religious subdivision. If this doesn’t strike you as unlikely, pick another dot. Imagine it to be inhabited by a different form of intelligent life. They, too, cherish the notion of a God who has created everything for their benefit. How seriously do you take their claim?”
    – Carl Sagan

    My god, is, thankfully, not Russell’s teapot. 😉

  2. bennythedonkey says:

    Haha I’m a subscriber of the weak anthropic principle with regards to the origin of the universe (and therefore, everything else). Honestly arguments about ultimate reality really hinge on personal preference and there are many unverifiable hypothesis out there, with the designer argument being the most popular one. So take your pick.

  3. Hahaha and because there’s no way one can verify one over the other, all possibilities stand. Isn’t this like the Schroedinger’s cat experiment? No idea if the cat’s alive or dead. Fascinating.

    Not a fan of the designer argument.

    My god is a strong belief in the ability of oneself; I think religion should be best capped to that of the individual, and not the masses. As conceited as it might sound, I don’t think one’s religious belief should be dictated by someone else (that’s marketing, not religion).

    PS: Are we meeting on the 20th? Last I checked, that’s a Friday. Not objecting if you want to have dinner and brave the buka puasa crowd.

  4. bennythedonkey says:

    Haha as always, it depends on how you define the terms. Anyway, sorry for the late notice but I was not able to get an economical route back to KL, so gotta postpone our date to September 17th weekend.

  5. It’s ok, we’ll just meet up some other time. Always at your disposal 😉

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