2006-09-07

The meaning of life

With this title, I figure BlogAdmin will fire up that antique Monty Python Cam any sec...

But really. Humans' wanting meaning to exist, and being disposed to look for meaning, doesn't always mean that it's there. Maybe it just means they're being particularly over-ingenious at pattern recognition. I'll make a small nod here to Sartre as a quotable authority on life's meaninglessness. 'Small' because while I began Being and Nothingness, I didn't finish it. It was giving me nausea... but the guy did have an argument.

I've been reading the Muse's last few entries with a certain puzzlement. I'm not a very bright coyote, but it seems to me that some of this stuff about life's circles within circles, karmic payback, &cetera, may come from the vantage point -- that of having achieved the longed-for great love and marriage, after going through relationship hell. Oh, I'm big on karma and the circle(s) of life myself. Having figured somewhat in one or two local creation myths, a coyote of my ilk can barely do otherwise. But what about that PA guy, who has not found his own blessed state? And come to it, was she quite so certain of life's karmic gyres back she she was feeling desperate herself?

"I understand PA's desire to "settle" and find ground. For so long, I too was looking for that. I was desperate for it. Now, I can just focus on making this work, which is a much more rewarding process than trying to find someone to work with,"
she says.

Uh, exactly. I'm sceptical that her current high cycle may have been pre-ordained by the low that preceded it. Could just be dumb luck, appropos of no cosmic plan whatever. She's an undeniably bright one, but the gloppy and sticky goo of sentiment soaking through the reasoning here is musielage.

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6 comments:

4th Dwarf said...

Coyote!

I'm surprised at you! Sure Musie has been a little much with the saccharine "completing the circle" and R being so wonderful stuff...

Still it's not like you to lash out with such vitriol!

coyote said...

I'm grumpy. Not a dwarf, the frame of mind. And speakin' of saccharine, what's with you today?

4th Dwarf said...

What's with me? Same as always, just filled with warm feelings for my fellow beings sharing this endlessly entertaining universe.

Agatha said...

Coyote, I love it when you show your rough existential edges. I have to say that I'm not jumping on the 'what-goes-around-comes- around' bandwagon either. If that's the case, there is a lot of injustice in the world that needs explaining.
I am happy that Musie is happy, though. What I'm most curious about is when she says this: "There are also other significant and minor circles, which I won't share, but trust me, they are there."
How could she leave us hanging like this???

The Chair said...

I still think Coyote is pulling his punches on this topic. Personally, I'm half expecting a post-matrimonial crash from this existential bliss from Musie. I don't wish it upon her, but there's some undercurrents to these posts I find unsettling. R is going to do something wrong. It's coming. I can sense it.

coyote said...

Mmmm, existential dread. That's the spirit, Chair!