The world is meaningless, there is no God or gods, there are no morals, the universe is not moving inexorably towards any higher purpose. All meaning is man-made, so make your own, and make it well. Do not treat life as a way to pass the time until you die.

Do not try to “find yourself”, you must make yourself. Choose what you want to find meaningful and live, create, love, hate, cry, destroy, fight and die for it. Do not let your life and your values and you actions slip easily into any mold, other that that which you create for yourself, and say with conviction, “This is who I make myself”.

Do not give in to hope. Remember that nothing you do has any significance beyond that with which imbue it. Whatever you do, do it for its own sake. When the universe looks on with indifference, laugh, and shout back, “Fuck You!”. Rembember that to fight meaninglessness is futile, but fight anyway, in spite of and because of its futility.

The world may be empty of meaning, but it is a blank canvas on which to paint meanings of your own. Live deliberately. You are free.


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  1. Josiah

    I’m confused. First you say there is no meaning to life. No morals, no gods. Then you give us a group of rules to follow, tell us essentially to be our own gods, and that hope is good.

    You tell us that we are free, yet sentences before you entrap us in the snare of meaninglessness. You tell us to give our own meanings, and therefore lie to our selves, and entrap ourselves, to a meaningless world.

    This world view makes no sense.

  2. Shonari

    @Josiah…which world view does?

  3. Jesse

    This article describes a mixture of existentialism, nihilism and absurdism and does not differentiate between the three. As well, it only describes the atheist existentialism and denies Soren Kierkegaard’s works that refer to god, etc. Absurdism says that life may or may not have meaning and that we cannot know if it does or doesn’t, and to fight that apparent meaninglessness we must ascribe meaning. Nihilism is the belief that there is no meaning in anything. Existentialism goes by the statement “existence precedes essence.” Existence preceding essence means that our existence comes before our essence, we can’t know the essence of humanity until we can know the essence of ourselves is one example of using existentialism.
    Existentialism doesn’t necessarily support nihilism because existentialism supports the idea that we can ascribe meaning to ourselves.
    also, @josiah, those “rules” are merely guidelines with which one can create meaning in their life. you’re just not interpreting it all very well…

  4. Nelson

    I’m really confused about the line: ‘Do not try to “find yourself”, you must make yourself.’… I’m re-studying existentialism (I take Philosophy as a asignature in the high school long time ago) in order to understand how one can come to build the personality by passing the process of find himself/herself.

    Is not “finding yourself” actually to find the truth, to find who you are and what you really want? is not “finding yourself” the ultimate goal of the philosophy from the very beginning of the philosophy or more yet… humanity?

    By the way, I did read this post first on this poster (really beautiful): http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/099/0/f/existentialism_by_allete.jpg

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