It may seem that life is brutal and uncaring, but man has been endowed with foresight, and nature has allowed him to see that he shares a fate common to all living things – that he will die. While on the surface this may seem more a curse than a blessing, it is in fact a very great blessing. While animals may labor under the illusion that their every desire is important and not to be questioned, man knows that his whole life will amount to nothing, and so nothing he does has the least bit of importance attached to it.
We only become attached to things when we think they have significance. Maybe the word ‘think’ is not wholly appropriate because much of what we desire and do bubbles up unnoticed from our subconscious. Nonetheless we are quite capable of observing our actions and thoughts and deciding whether they have any importance. Most people would not consider the act of drinking a glass of water to be terribly important – not unless they had been lost in the desert for three days without fluids. However most people engaged in thinking about this particular line of work tend to believe their ideas are very important. Many people are driven relentlessly to try and figure the whole thing out, to find an escape route, or come to a final conclusion about the nature of life. There can be a great deal of identification with such ideas, to the point where they become inner monstrosities. None of this should be taken seriously. It really doesn’t matter whether you figure out the meaning of life – the end result will be the same. Life is telling you that nothing you do has any importance whatsoever. It has been gracious enough to give you a heads-up.
In everyday life most people buy in to the significance of their activities – career, family, hobbies and anything else that might mean they do not have to ask themselves awkward questions. When a person fails to listen to the clear message that life is giving her, then the life of such a person becomes subject to the blessings and curses of fortune. And of course the realization that nothing they did was the least bit important may come as a devastating blow near the end of life.
If a person can remember on a frequent basis that the sum of their life will be zero, and that the activity they are currently engaged in that seems so important (such as writing a blog entry), is totally unimportant, they are spared being pulled into the pleasure and pain cycle. Don’t squander the most important gift nature has bestowed upon you – knowledge of your sure death.