Wednesday, March 21, 2012

On a meaningful life

Just something I was thinking about. too busy to post artwork right now :(

"This is an old representation right? Atlas with the world. Well its a representation that says that's the proper way to live. That the way you live properly,so that you can withstand the nature of your own being is to pick up a load that's heavy enough so that if you carry it you can have some self respect.

That's a very weird idea because its frequently the case that people do everything they can to lighten their load, but the problem with carrying a light load is that you have nothing useful to do, all you have around you is meaningless suffering. and there's nothing worse for your soul than meaningless suffer.

If you look around you'll see the people you respect and I don't mean the ones you think about respecting. I mean the ones that your gut, your whole being, your embodied being tells you to respect. You'll see that its always people who've picked up something heavy and are carrying it successfully. You'll think now THAT'S what it means to be a human being. and when you see that you can think, well perhaps life is worthwhile despite the fact that the essential nature of life is suffering"
-Jordan Peterson