Meaning in a Meaningless world?
March 3, 2007 9:19 PM Subscribe
How does one live a meaningful life in a world that one has come to believe is meaningless?
posted by anonymous to religion & philosophy (81 answers total) 51 users marked this as a favorite
I graduated from college in June after having studied religion and philosophy. I grew up in an extremely religious home and had planned from a young age to become an Episcopal priest.
I came out of the closet to my friends gradually during my senior year and to my family shortly after graduation. Meeting my soulmate was the impetus for this decision; we fell madly in love and grew moreso everyday. I asked him to marry me in August, and we planned to be married in November.
My fiancee died unexpectedly in October due to complications from a childhood illness. For a time I was inconsolable. The dosage of my anti-depressant was increased, and I have since taken a job in a stock room to pay the rent.
All my faith in God has been obliterated, and the shaky foundations of my philosophy and religion have been torn apart.
So here I sit, 23 years old, wishing only for death. All the writings of the existentialists and nihilist philosophers seem true to me, and I'm teetering on the edge of suicide.
That being said, my hope is that someone can point me to a book that will offer some sense of meaning in a meaningless world.
I don't mean some feel-good novel about the triumph of the human spirit, and I certainly don't mean a religious text. I'm looking for an argument as to why it is better to live than to die if nasty, brutish and short life is all there is.
I can't bear existence for fifty more years if this is all there is. Someone point me toward something greater?