Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Confessions of an Antinatalist- Excerpt 2
...it is my strongly held opinion that most folks believe there’s something profoundly wrong with life. This sense of wrongness emerges not only from people’s personal experiences of pain, loss, and futility, but also from the knowledge of the accumulated suffering of the world, embraced as awareness at the core of their
empathic selves. This awareness puts us on edge. So we develop coping strategies. Biases. We focus, desperately, on the positive. We seek solace in lies, such as those embodied in religion and other imaginary sidestreets that we can duck into when ugly truths come to block our rose-tinted view.
Yet a grim truth haunts us at all turns. It is reflected in the tale of Noah’s flood and the coming of the New Jerusalem. It is resonant in the Buddha’s basic maxim that all life is suffering, the knowledge of which is to be overcome through detachment,
or in the blackened glass of the addict’s crackpipe, or simply in the nine-to-fiver’s seventy-two inch plasma television screen.
The key word is escape. Get me OUT of this fucking place!
at 8:57 AM