Life is Absurd: Your Biggest Challenge is to Make it Meaningful

Don’t find meaning, create it

Thomas Oppong

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Life is full of contradictions and paradoxes that often leave us feeling lost, confused, and wondering about the meaning of it all.

It can feel like we’re just going through the motions, trying to make sense of it all. The world we live in can be absurd, unpredictable, and sometimes downright ridiculous.

But amidst all the chaos, one thing remains constant: the need for meaning and purpose.

The notion that life is absurd is a philosophical reasoning that suggests that life lacks inherent meaning or purpose.

It was popularised by philosophers like Albert Camus and Friedrich Nietzsche, who argued that life is fundamentally meaningless and that the human quest for meaning is an absurd, futile endeavour.

Camus, a French philosopher, writer, and existentialist, believed that accepting the absurdity of life is the starting point for a meaningful life.

“The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth,” Albert Camus said.“The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but a beginning,” he argued.

In his view, humans face the paradoxical situation of desiring meaning and purpose while simultaneously living in a world lacking any inherent meaning or purpose.

“If nothing had any meaning, you would be right. But there is something that still has a meaning,” argues Albert Camus.

According to him, the only way to confront this paradox is to accept and embrace the absurdity of life. By doing so, we free ourselves from the burden of trying to find objective meaning or purpose in life and can instead create our own subjective meaning and purpose.

“The only way to deal with an absurd world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion,” Albert Camus said.

However, far from being a nihilistic or pessimistic view, Camus saw this acceptance of absurdity as a liberating and life-affirming philosophy.

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Thomas Oppong

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