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In need of guidance, in the context of life, marginally existentialist

  1. Oct 11, 2011 #1
    Hi all....
    I currently find myself within a position of which i hardly perceive to be enviable. Lost amidst the proverbial smoke of despair, instigated by an abrupt realization of life as an entity, and more specifically my relevance within it. I feel my predicament would best be aligned to mainstream thinking if i were to be described as in the mist of an existential crisis, a rather bad one at that. An existential crisis tapered with a sudden want and need on my behalf, to be fully coherent to the scientific rhetoric of the universe and my very being. From the very entity of the universe to the ability on my behalf to instigate conscious thought. But throughout cognitive dissidence reigns supreme, in layman's terms, i am lost, big time.
    I come to this echelon of the internet somewhat by chance, but please forgive me if this is somewhat misplaced. I need guidance.
    Caught in the crossfire if you like, having the inability to choose or fulfill either of the apparent paths i feel i am compelled to tread. The one of blissful ignorance, and the ability to conform to the ideals of a western society. Or the path of ultimate knowledge, and to be fully coherent to everything. Both are unachievable.
    I would write more , specifically questioning concepts that theoretical physics presents to us, in the context of the universe, and infinity, i don't like infinity. Perhaps that is just the natural cognitive response from the human brain to such concepts, irrespective , i don't like it.
    I just need guidance, i am a teenager, perhaps lost in the blur of adolescence, i dont know. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    PS I did stumble across a great quote in relevance to the summarization of my predicament from jean paul sartre 'life has no meaning once you lose the illusion of being eternal' and furthermore
    “Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough”
    There is more i feel i could write about, but i do not want to bombard you with a million and one different questions and predicaments. I.e. my perception that there is really no such thing as love and the ability to care, this is a bi product of looking at the human form from such a fundamental view point. Which only services to compound such comparatively negative emotion inducing thoughts.

    Anyway, any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. Oct 11, 2011 #2


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    Yes the universe is big and yes it is scary. But that doesn't change the fact that everyday life matters! So does your curiosity, go out and learn and enlighten yourself.

    P.S This thread doesn't meet the philosophy forums guidelines and so has been moved. Please read the rules before posting.
  4. Oct 11, 2011 #3


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    This is very much a part of being a teenager Inquisitive. You're not alone in having hormones flooding your body and making you more emotional. Hang in there, it will pass.
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    Until one meets a significant other flooded with hormones. :biggrin:

    I think one meant cognitive dissonance, as opposed to cognitive dissidence, although a rebelious mind helps sometimes. When the world or abundance of ideas/thoughts becomes overwhelming, it helps to put it aside and walk away, and find something simpler and more pleasurable.

    Go walkabout.
  6. Oct 11, 2011 #5
    Hedonism, man; it's the solution (for me, at least). Life has no purpose, so get all the fun you can get out of it. Do what you enjoy, be it philosophizing or whatever else, and you'll find the purpose of your life is to excel what you enjoy. Just don't question the importance of what you enjoy...
  7. Oct 11, 2011 #6
    Yes, exactly.

    (The above would be in all caps for emphasis, but PF won't allow it.)
  8. Oct 11, 2011 #7
    It's a bummer to read about a despairing teenager suffering agony of mind. Not uncommon, just depressing. The problem is that you are too young to have made enough mistakes. Before you fall off the edge, there are several things you need to do. You need to take a wrong turn and get lost, fall in love for all the wrong reasons, dangle your children over the balcony, etc. There are 1001 stupid things you need to do before you die. When you have done a representative 250 of them you will understand the existentialist stance. You have to act in the face of insufficient knowledge of the consequences.
  9. Oct 11, 2011 #8

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    My one regret in life is that I never dangled any of my infant children over the edge of a balcony.
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