One of the hallmarks of the Golden Age of Meaninglessness is that any information can be basically inverted – Whatever is said to happen can be filtered through a range of interpretations to debunk it. It’s not a sunny day; it’s a conspiracy. It’s not a conspiracy; it’s a sunny day.
The machinery of meaninglessness
The default mechanism is that whatever the subject, there’s some dazzling interpretation of it which basically contradicts the information provided. It’s “Did!”/ “Didn’t!” raised to the level of ideology. The effect is meaninglessness, inserted in to any topic.
This disingenuous approach to anything and everything comes to you courtesy of a collection of pseudo-psychologists who seriously believe that you can’t go and get facts for yourself. It’s the basis of denial, delusion, and delirium in the corporate, political and media environments. It’s also the basis of a global version of Trivial Pursuit, in which any subject bogs down in pedantic quotations of selected information and interpretations.
Consider the various political and “religious” ideologies in which qualification for membership and authority is based on being more rabid and dogmatic than everyone else. These ideologies, if they ever had any basis in fact, are now all about interpretations. That’s meaninglessness on a purely ideological level, debasing any and every political or religious culture.
Tedious as this transparently dishonest process is, there’s another type of meaninglessness which is deeply embedded in modern societies. It’s insidious, accepted, and totally baseless. It’s what I call “lifestyle dictatorship”, the tyranny of absurd norms and restrictive life choices.
This type of meaninglessness is based on a sort of applied nihilism. Nihilism is the abrogation of all subjects to actual meaninglessness, as follows:
According to a search for “define nihilism” on Google:
- the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless.
synonyms: negativity, cynicism, pessimism; More
“he could not accept Bacon’s nihilism, his insistence that man is a futile being”
the belief that nothing in the world has a real existence.
Impressive, not very. By extrapolation, it means that you, your life, and the lives of others have no value. Sound familiar?
OK, now a question – How would you enforce this useless, self-proclaimed view of personal existence, which must itself be meaningless, according to its own perspectives?
Easy – Give people only meaningless life models as choices. Turn the world in to a passing parade of fools, living lives based on the most minimal valuations of people’s existence.
This obscenity can be seen everywhere:
- Politics – Devalue people, and you minimize your responsibilities and liabilities.
- Insular religions – Devalue life and provide a few unexplained “beliefs” which are made meaningless by their brochure-like superficialities and endless insistence on unprovable logic and dogma.
- Media – Create a static model of life which is based entirely on ephemera and ennui, like an endless shopping channel of meaningless possessions and aspirations. Value people according to some passing material shopping list, and that’s your range of life choices.
- Materialism – A house brick is real, but you, your personality and feelings aren’t, according to this uber-repulsive assessment of people. Meaninglessness is built in, a self-negating view of personal reality, based on inanimate objects.
The problems with meaninglessness
There’s a problem with this appallingly bland, lifeless, self-described futile, view of life – It’s entirely wrong. The general suffering is real enough, whatever nihilists claim it to be. Suffering is not meaningless. The word, and the fact, are quite unambiguous.
Happiness is also not meaningless. It’s an equally unambiguous aspiration, an achievement, and a goal. How does that become meaningless, unless you assume that life itself has no value?
The real killer for meaningless is pretty basic – Your personal realities and experiences certainly can’t be meaningless to you. As a strange correlation, denial of those realities and experiences could be called delusive, or insane, depending on how you define insanity.
Now – Add the theory of meaninglessness to your history of experiences. What use is it? Does it explain anything? Does it provide any value to your experiences, or simply denigrate them?
It’s easy to defuse meaninglessness as a working principle on so many levels:
- If existence is meaningless, who need religions, politics and media? What use are they?
- If god created existence, and existence is meaningless, what use is god? A useful religious debate, if anyone can be bothered.
- How can you be meaningless, if your actions, thoughts and ideas affect others, which is apparently the criteria for “meaning” according to these same materialistic values? Doesn’t that move the meaning of all those life choices and actions in to another, much larger, frame of reference?
- What is the practical value of meaninglessness, in any context? There is none. There can be none. If meaninglessness = no value, you can’t even claim the idea of meaninglessness to have a value, by exactly the same range of criteria as its own definition.
I’d like to think nihilism is some sort of hyperbolic joke, largely because it’s so totally unsustainable as an idea for any level of debate. No literate person could take it seriously for a second. That said – With all the pedants and plodders infesting “thought leadership” these days, it’s quite possible that some illiterates take meaninglessness literally.
The applied form of meaninglessness is pretty obvious. Someone must believe in meaninglessness. Failed societies are OK, because everything and everyone is meaningless? Hypocritical corrupt, destructive religions which abuse every single facet of their own reason for existence are OK, because everything is meaningless?
Mindless media is OK, because people, by definition, don’t have meaningful lives, right? Therefore, a ridiculous perception of life is OK, because there’s no such thing as meaningful life, right? People can continue to model their existences on whatever load of unspeakable rehashed crap you can be bothered inflicting on them, right? Life is a sitcom or a game show, and people should simply accept those stringently enforced roles, right?
The hell you say.
Put it this way – Your existence is not negotiable, or arguable. You exist, and whatever your existence involves, it’s all yours. It’s not subject to anyone else’s approval, let alone cookie cutter definitions. What you do with it, and the meanings you find in it, are up to you.
As a working exercise, look at every single thing you do, and see if it’s meaningless or not.
That’s the only real value of meaninglessness – To learn how to avoid it.