Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Many people ask us how we can go through life believing nothing matters. We, on the other hand, can't understand how people manage without embracing the absurd. Take holidays. For a large number of people, holidays are a cause of great stress, given the undue importance we arbitrarily place on these days. Thus, we expect Father's Day (for example) to be better than an average day, and are disappointed if it does not live up to these inflated expectations.

The absurd man, on the other hand, knows full well that one day matters no more or less than another. But this does not mean, as some believe, that he cannot enjoy them! On the contrary--since the absurd man does not expect anything from any day in particular, he is free to enjoy what comes. In other words, he has no preconceived notions of what "should" or should not happen (or, more importantly, what is required to make him feel happy).

The absurd man knows he is only playing a role, and as such does not ascribe importance to daily events. He is, instead, completely liberated from the shackles of believing things "matter," and thus that some things matter more than others. Father's Day is a day like any other--yet another chance to gaze in wonder at man's incredible ability to contemplate his surroundings and, in the end, the meaningless of it all.

What could be better than that?

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