12 May 2008

The Unbearable Emptiness of Being

What is life? It is a series of moments – each one unconnected with the other. Each moment in itself is meaningless. All the moments taken together also do not add up to any meaningful whole. Any meaning is at best relative, not absolute.

So what are we to do? How are we to live? Most people don't ask themselves stupid questions like, "What is the meaning of life?" and hence do not face this problem. But for those of us who do, what is the solution?

Milan Kundera spoke of the unbearable lightness of being. The fact that life is meaningless should be seen as a blessing, not as a curse. Absence of meaning is nothing to cry about; it is a source of freedom.

How many of us can bring ourselves to look at life in this way? Most of us cannot. We persist in asking the question, even though we may never find the answers. All that we have is the unbearable emptiness of being.


Sudhir said...

Good one !

Indian said...

!!! I thought an Advaitist would disagree with this pessimistic view :-)

Sudhir said...

I thought that the focus was on Vairagya, which is essential from an aspirant's standpoint.

Indian said...

Hmm. That's another way of looking at it – as a starting point for the spiritual quest.