My Personal Search For A Meaningful Existence

I am the representative embodiment of my nihilistic culture. I am
narcissistic, insatiable, petty, apathetic and I am above all an emotional
invalid. Yet, up until very recently, I was not consciously aware that I was
guilty of having any of these wholly pejorative attributes, because I had
unconsciously suppressed my inherent will to attain a meaningful existence, in
favor of the comfort and security that complacency and futility provide. There
exists in me a void, that is not uncommon to find in the members of my
Eurocentric society, which is derived from the conscious or unconscious
knowledge that our culture is entirely devoid of meaning. This is, more
specifically, the plight of ...

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I am blessed with a myriad of conveniences by my technologically
advanced society, and I come from a nurturing and supportive family, so who the
hell am I to complain about my circumstances. The only explanation I can give,
in retort to my profession that I have been cursed by my inherent advantages,
is: since my life is completely devoid of any profound suffering, it is
subsequently lacking any meaningful happiness, because man only experiences
these feelings in terms of their relative relationship to one another. Thus, I
vainly invent my own wholly unfounded reasons to bemoan my existence, in the
same way that a hypochondriac invents his psychosomatic illnesses, because the
longer we feign to have a justifiable cue for suffering, the more that that
suffering actualizes itself. The primary source of my anxieties is derived from
the inherent knowledge that I am condemned to be free, in a society of
relatively few restrictions, which subsequently requires me to be ...

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of nihilism throughout our species' cultural history, the
label is usually applied to the crisis of valuation that now infects our Western
culture. Friederich Nietzsche, the famous German “existentialist” philosopher,
predicted that the traditional European system of beliefs, which are primarily
derived from the teachings of Christianity and Greek Philosophy, would be
questioned, and subsequently abandoned during the twentieth and twenty-first
centuries. He believed that with the widespread proliferation of education
people would start exercising their free-will, and temporarily abandon the “herd
mentality” that has historically caused the masses to “blindly” accept the
ideology of ...

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