Living with absurdity

Not all, perhaps not many nontheist Quakers would describe themselves as existentialists (and surely not nihilists) but I thought this delightful post on ‘Canadian Atheist’ by 87 years old James Haught, editor of West Virginia’s largest newspaper,  deserved sharing amongst Friends.

Most of us probably wouldn’t share all the sentiments expressed (anyone for Trump?) and some of which might be very unwelcome to many Quakers in the world, but it moved me to smile (tickled my fancy?) so I hope Friends find it interesting too!

Living With Absurdity

3 thoughts on “Living with absurdity”

  1. I had to look up what an existentialist and a nihilists was and got a bit bogged down, so on the later to do list.
    I guess I am a to-do-ist lol.
    I have joined a new organisation in which I to commit to specific tasks to cut down my carbon footprint, it is Count-us-in.org. In line with this I have also joined an app called Olio which was built to help save food waste from supermarkets etc
    I had a moral quandary about Olio because as with many apps the originators stand to make a lot of money, it has been set up as a social enterprise and all the food sharing is done by volunteers who are allowed 10% usage, I think the profits will come from a side line of a market place for home made goods.
    I think the distinction between charities and business have become blurred, indeed despatches recently highlighted stars allegedly being paid for photo shoots for charities.
    Life is not black and white and we live in a system in which we all need money, especially if we are going to be able to give to charity. Does doing good have to be free? Nurses and Doctors get paid.
    Maybe the important lesson is for transparency, like publishing financial information like Ecosia and Moneysaving expert?
    Maybe if there had been more transparency for the tax returns etc of an incoming presidential candidate, there would have been a different story to tell?

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    1. Love your post, thanks Gil…speaking of a “to-do-list” here are two reactions:
      Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time;
      serenity, that nothing is.
      – Thomas Szasz

      It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment,
      which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos.
      – Manly Hall

      When people are bored it is primarily with themselves.
      – Eric Hoffer

      If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every
      morning with a burning desire to do things –
      you don’t have enough goals.
      – Lou Holtz

      If we like what we do, if we always do our best,
      then we are really enjoying life.
      We are having fun, we don’t get bored,
      we don’t have frustrations.
      – don Miguel Ruiz

      The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
      – Arthur Schopenhauer

      For those who are bored with life,
      the path to happiness almost always comes
      through service to the less-fortunate.
      – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

      all the best,
      Jules

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