A Universe of Ideas: Philosophical Absurdity

I used to be an avid reader of philosophy, as a child id find myself asking some questions about the nature of reality which were purely in the abstract realm.

Questions such as : Why does order exist? Why does color exist? What does exist even mean?

As i have grown older however, a part of me has grown to almost resent philosophy; as that part of me regards it as the metaphorical equal to the Theater of the Absurd. As in, there are many philosophical questions that have been presented throughout the ages in which the questioners themselves know there exists no answer for.

What point is there in asking a question there exists no answer for? There is none, its absurdity. It is this feeling that repelled me away from the realm of philosophy, and instead catapulted me into the world of science and nigh-definitive answers. Even those within schools of thought that regard truth and answers in of themselves as merely constructs of thought, they have no way of bridging the paradoxical gap that holding the opinion “there are no opinions” is in itself an opinion and thus self-defeating.

Maybe there in lies a point however, that recognizing what is and is not absurd is the basis for constructing one’s individual perception of reality. Perhaps that is why some of the greatest thinkers asked questions they knew there  was no answer for, so that others may begin the journey of distinguishes for themselves what is and is not absurd. That even within a universe that is seemingly operating off some semblance of order, there can still exist absurd and paradoxical elements of reality that no amount of order can resolve.

As you can see, I could speak all day on this topic, yet wold never reach a full conclusion one way or the other. Does that make this entire post absurd as well? Is the imposition of meaning absurd? Perhaps, but that is what makes the world so interesting. That is what i finally realized. What fun would it be to have a world in which there exists no mystery, no absurdity, no meaningless questions?

That would be one dull and boring place, almost to the point of absurdity.

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The Soul of the 21st Century.

An Age of Uncertainty

They say every age is characterized in its own unique ways. From egalitarianism, to the megacities of today. From a preoccupation with the natural world, to a shift in focus to the virtual. I think what is lost in all this however, is that for many people an age isn’t defined by technological marvels, mass cultural events, or the ramblings of plutocrats. It is defined by how much the world in which they live in allows them to grow and flourish, and ultimately allows them to reach their full potential.

If theres anything that truly defines the 21st Century, it is potential. The potential to unlock the mysteries of consciousness, to harness the fundamental forces of nature in unprecedented ways (perhaps even space itself), and expand our collective knowledge to places few of us can imagine. In lieu of this fact however, lies the giant shadow of uncertainty. Every time you increase the potential in something, you increase the level of uncertainty in how it will operate. That is a principle founded in quantum physics, and it relates to life as a whole as well. Because of this uncertainty in the face of potential, combined with an increased acceleration of technological advancement, we also live in one of the most tumultuous and sometimes frigthening periods in human history.

Even though that can lead to stress and worry, i also think it brews a kind of excitement within our generation that is unknown to those that came before us. Its a big gamble, but if it pays off well be in a whole new world. After all is said and done, what will be the legacy of the 21st Century. What will be its soul? Whatever it may be, there is no doubt it will fundamentally  change  our species in ways that will make us question not only the nature of the world, but the nature of ourselves as well. I can’t wait to see what happens.

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