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MEANDERINGS

The world that is, until it is the world that was.

In the beginning there was nothing, then from the darkness came the light. And like a Faustian bargain, you cannibalize life to live until your life is taken.

I've long sought to know my fate and see the great beyond but only the dead transcend destiny's end.

Do we all get to a point in life when we say fuck it all, humanity is not worth it. I just don't think humans should survive?

Today we must make our own hope.

Fuck it all, for it does not matter. It has never mattered, but it is a laugh, it is a lark, and the food ain't bad, indeed it's good.

In the immensity of time and space, the world we know will come and go leaving little trace of our place.

Hedonism has diminishing returns.

Only a fool thinks he can solve the worlds problems. But you've got to try don't you? Or at least act local and improve what you can? Fargo S01 - "A rich man who gave everything" scene HD - https://youtu.be/s9TOWIc_KLU

We live because it's in our nature to keep living, and we look for meaning because it's in our nature to want to be more than our nature.

Before we die we are now alive, so accept your fate and live, let us really live for every breath taken is an extra moment we have stolen from death. There’s plenty time to die but not so much to live, so live now and die later. Live now because we don't know what tomorrow brings, and not living is to deny our nature.

Life is not for keeps and death is but the price to pay for borrowed time when we never had for more. Encoded is your use by date to procreate and die, because evolution needs this space for future generations. We live, we die and we know not why. But the evolution of life is why. The meaning is what you make it and each must find their own.

Life's turnstile has always been peculiar.

We live, we die and we know not why... Our's not to reason why, our's but to do and die. Blindfolded we walk through the garden. Into the valley of death and onward to oblivion... But before we die first we live. Let us live, let us really live.

Is the desire for life meaning part of a misplaced primal survival instinct to belong to a tribe stronger than oneself?

Perhaps life exists because it was inevitable: sooner or later, some time, some where and some how, life was inevitable, so why not now.

The meaning is whatever stimulates Dopamine and all your body's natural "reward" hormones?

If life were a train window, we should not be concerned with the length of the journey or the dangers of looking out, instead we should not miss out.

I remember you. In a dream I dreamt of you. I remember you standing on the edge of oblivion. Between the sheets of birth and death, I dreamt the dream of me and you. I dreamt of life a lot. I use to dream and now do not. But I still remember you. I remember you.

I remember you standing there on the edge of oblivion. I remember you walking the walk and talking the talk. I remember you talking until the end of ends. The end of days, the end of time, the end of life and the ends of beyond. I remember you.

Life is somewhat like a Faustian bargain: Against probability we are born, we live and then our lives are taken. Hell being the state without God.

Nihilism: The rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless.

Hedonism: The pursuit of pleasure and self indulgence as the highest aim in life.

Anhedonia: Inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities.

Religion: Beliefs and culture that shield individuals from the meaninglessness of life.

Death: Freedom from the endless arguement.

Timescale: Draw a long line and place a dot in the middle: the dot represents a time span for the evolution of cellular life in our solar system, while the line represents the eternity before and after. All life is bookended by eternity. Even the big bang is predated by eternity.

The Now: The night is crisp, people walk by like ghosts all consumed with the present. They look real, they look alive, but they are dead, they just don't know it yet. We are all dead. The sound and lights of this city...

Immortal: Oblivion is coming. So try not to worry about life's tribulations. Life is but a heartbeat compared to the infinite nothingness. Our lives are short, but death is forever. Only in death are we eternal. Only death is immortal.

The Moment: Some moments of pain feel so raw they might consume our world. But this feeling is fleeting. It is a drop of water in an ocean. One tangible connection of life that will soon be forgotten in eternal nothingness.

Fuck it, it dont matter to me. Life is a snowdome, until you die. And then there's nothing. I just want to sleep.

 

LINKS

German Expressionism

The Matrix, 1999 film

And death shall have no dominion, Dylan Thomas 1933

A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allen Poe

Creep, Song by Radiohead 1993

X-Files - I Want To Believe, Poster 1992

Carrot and stick

Michael Leunig cartoons

Self portrait, Vincent van Gogh 1889

Brett Whiteley 1939-92.

Postmodernism

Fight Club, 1999 film

Conversion of St Ignatius c 1522

Ecclesiastes 11:9

Fight Club, film 1999

Conversion of St Ignatius c 1522

Inaugural address of JFK 1961

The Mission< 1986

Pay It Forward 2000

Karma

Donnie Darko, 2001

Solomon Grundy, nursery rhyme (Wikipedia)

Monday's Child, nursery rhyme (Wikipedia)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wikipedia)

Narcissus myth (Wikipedia)

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Sisyphus, Greek mythology

Self portraits, Brett Whiteley 1939-92

Platoon, film 1986

 

MUSIC

Paint it, black. Rolling Stones 1966

The Living Years, Mike & The Mechanics 1988

Cats In The Cradle, Harry Chapin 1974

Mr tambourine man, Bob Dylan 1965

Gabriel's Oboe, Ennio Morricone 1986

MMM MMM MMM, Crash Test Dummies 1993 (YouTube)

Mr Jones, Counting Crows 1993 (YouTube)

This is your life, Fight Club 1999

Forrest Gump Soundtrack, Alan Silvestri 1994

Did you know him? Michael Andrews 2002

Feeling good, Nina Simone 1965

Motherland, Natalie Merchant 2001

Now we are free, Gladiator 2000

Time in a bottle, Jim Croce 1973

Castle On A Cloud, Les Misérables 1980

Island home, Warumpi Band 1988

Somewhere over the Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwoole 1988/90

Once Upon A Dream, Lana Del Rey 2014

Mr Sandman

Dreamweaver, Gary Wright 1972

California Dreamin, M&P 1965

Mad world, Tears for Fears 1982

If I had a heart, Fever Ray 2009

Atmosphères, György Ligeti 1961

Me & Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin 1970

Annie's song, J.Denver 1974

Rainbow connection, Kermit 1979

Danse Macabre, Camille Saint-Saëns 1874

Everybody knows, Leonard Cohen 1988

Superman's Song, Crash Test Dummies 1991

MMM MMM MMM MMM, Crash Test Dummies 1993

Not Dark Yet, Bob Dylan 1997

Things Have Changed, Bob Dylan 2006

Les Miserables: Freeing Javert

Gayane ballet, Aram Khachaturian 1939

Lux Aeterna, Clint Mansell 2000

No longer there, Cat Empire 2007

Beethoven's Silence, Ernesto Cortazar 2009

Also sprach Zarathustra Op. 30, Richard Strauss 1896

Choose life. Theme music for Trainspotting Film 1996

This Is Your Life. Theme music for Fight Club Film 1999

Rant from The 25th Hour. Film Extract 2002

The Gael, Dougie Maclean 1990

Release Me, Oh Laura 2007

Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong 1967

Bach Prelude 1 in C Major BWV 846, c. 1722

Solveig's Song, Edvard Grieg 1875

Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio), Aram Khachaturian c 1939

Where is my mind, Pixies 1988

Autumn Leaves, Eva Cassidy 1996

Blade Runner 1982 - 'Roy Batty meets Dr. Tyrell' scene

Blade Runner 1982 - 'Tears in rain' scene

Vanessa Redgrave's 'Ambivalence' scene from 'Girl, Interrupted' 1999

Moonlight sonata, Beethoven 1801

Hurdy gurdy man, Donovan 1968

We didn't start the fire. Music by Billy Joel 1989

Did You Know Him? Music by Michael Andrews 2000

Greensleeves. Music English folk song c.1580

Forrest Gump Soundtrack. Music by Alan Silvestri 1994

 

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