Lost and Found

“You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here, and what the question might mean. I might think about it a little bit and if I can’t figure it out, then I go on to something else, but I don’t have to know an answer, I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is so far as I can tell. It doesn’t frighten me.” ~ Richard Feynman

Contrast

When in the company of others, you generally won’t venture far from lowest-common-denominator, mutually stimulating ideas and experiences. Taking time to explore alone can be worthwhile, for moving between the internal and external worlds provides the context they each require for full appreciation.

“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Live because Life

Life is of course without cosmic meaning, but it is however inherently and subjectively purposeful. It has no destination, yet it has direction, direction which inspires an appetite for nourishment, love, and survival. So yes it is a waste of time to look for higher meaning in your life, however the transient instinctual purposes developed for you by evolution can be deeply satisfying to live and try for, if you let them be.

Nickel

Nothing exists without an opposite; black defines white, strength is only relevant amidst hardship, to know good you must also know evil, and without death there would be no life. So don’t be so quick to scratch a side of the coin, because without two sides, you’d find yourself without so much as a nickel.