#002 Making the most of it
How to live life in a world of suffering.
Welcome, and happy Tuesday!
Today’s curiosity is how to make the most of life. I have been discussing how life is suffering with myself for a while now, so it's time to get it down on paper.
By the way, I’m still figuring out what the newsletter is about. I suppose I will be until it forms by itself. It’s about trial and error. If you have any topics you want me to cover, comment below or reply to this email. Currently, I feel like discussing philosophy.
This week I finally gave in and started using Notion again.
I began using it around the time it rose in popularity, but I just wasn’t compelled to the platform. It felt painfully messy, and it was slow to write (a writer’s worst nightmare).
A couple of days ago, however, I was searching for an easier method to access my content production. This is where I revisited the idea of using Notion. This time, I downloaded their new app and created a new workspace free of the mess I created back in the day. I started using monochromatic icons and using simple templates only. It turns out to be a great tool for managing a release schedule (I’m writing in Notion right now).
Take this lesson, and try revisiting something which you disliked at first. We tend to stick with our strict opinions and ideas of the world, but if you have only seen one perspective of the world, it may not reflect your true opinion.
The suffering of life
We all have problems, some more than others. The key point is that there’s always something. As an ancient Greek philosopher said:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” — Plato
Life is suffering. One cannot escape suffering, it is inevitable. It is not strange that people are depressed. It is how people can ever be calm, that is strange.
If not through mental suffering, which we can get rid of, then through physical suffering. Physical suffering such as pain and hunger.
Our name will be forgotten in time, and it will be as though we have never existed in the first place.
Do we accept our mortal fate (perhaps, like the phrase ‘memento mori’, that served as a reminder of the inevitability of death in the seventeenth century), or is there some other way to make the most of it?
The question then arises, how do we live life knowing this tyranny is constantly taking place? Back in the day, they argued that one needs to maximize pleasure. Becoming hedonistic and living life in ignorance will force a problem away, and something forced never holds.
You cannot simply ignore a problem, for the mental effort to hide it itself causes stress. Whether it be conscious or unconscious, you will be aware of it in some way, and will cause some form of stress. The consequences of ignoring a problem is much greater than if action is taken.
Every person that wishes to reduce suffering must thus have real meaning in their life. It’s easy to say this, but a lot of people wander through life without meaning. For some, there are certainly big consequences attributed to this. If you have no real reason to live, it becomes damn hard to endure the pain in life.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
While you may be too complex to understand yourself, you need to discover your purpose. A driving force of motivation that holds significance to a person. Decide what you think of the world, and find what holds value for you. This can be done through trial and error, for it is impossible to look good while trying to get better at something at the same time.
There are also other practices to help you create meaning, such as expressing what makes you happy and developing new hobbies. New hobbies can create excitement in your life.
“[…] Life is difficult for everyone. Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding […] – I think that’s the meaning of this human experience.” ― Steve Gleason
Perhaps the meaning of this human thing is creating your own meaning and purpose in life. Perhaps, one day, you can endure the suffering, and find some contentment in the chaos that is life.
Thanks for exploring with me!
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Until next week,
Designer & writer