Life. A concept so simple, yet so complex at the same time, one that is so easy, yet so hard to grasp, and one that defines, yet doesn’t at all. Having heard numerous perspectives on this ‘phenomena’, my attitude towards life has greatly changed over the years, and I still continue to try to wrap my head around the genesis and idea of life.
7.5 billion people, 7.5 billion lives, 7.5 billion minds, but in the end, 1 foundation. Flashback to around 4.28 billion years ago, when the first signs of life emerged. Who would have thought that a bunch of cells would create something as complex as the world we live in today? It’s fascinating how great the evolution we learn about today occurred, but to be honest, it sometimes feels like a curse in disguise.
I’d like to focus on one main concept in this post: The purpose of our existence. Let me try to explain this in the least degrading manner, as my approach to the purpose of our existence would definitely not sit well with the majority, and could seem rather… ‘reprehensible’.
The purpose of human life is to be a nobody.
In today’s world, everyone wants to be a ‘somebody’, including myself. However, it’s the wrong kind of ‘somebody’. The status, the fame, the identity, it’s something everyone secretly wishes, even if they are in denial. But here’s the catch. In the end, we’re all one in a billion, and are insignificant to so many. Remember though, that you are a somebody relative to the timestamps of human life. Everyone desires a meaningful life, but we’re so caught onto the idea of being a specific type of ‘somebody’, that our subjective perceptions of a good life completely take a turn from the objective reality.
So one day, you’ll wake up and realize that you’ve been living someone else’s life, having given up the basic fundamentals of life. The simplicities of life, like seeing the transcendency rather than the explicit beauty of things, or feeling instead of mindless doing. Who’s to blame other than ourselves? It’s our mind that has formed these unrealistic impressions of what life should be like, which would just end up as disappointment and depression. Of course, strive for the things you want to achieve, but keep your fundamentals, the ones that were inherently given to you when you started your life.
Seeing the contrasting views on the internet, as I mentioned before, this entire notion wouldn’t go down well with a lot of people. This brings me to my next point- cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is a state of having inconsistent thoughts; in this case, inconsistent in a way that the ideas are not compatible with morals. Some people are way too deep in defiance, that their argument loses substance, and goes against their former morale. They lose the main idea of their own life while trying to gain another. Trying to change yourself isn’t bad, in fact; it’s the best thing you can do to grow, but know the limits.
This is just one small segment of this huge theory of life, and one that will only tweak perceptions. But that’s the grandeur of life: its mystery and ever-changing nature.