The meaning of life

May.30. 2015

Philosophers have debated over it for years, great teachers have tried to give us answers, and I think I’ve finally got it all figured out.

Life is a cosmic accident that is best lived out in blissful forgetfulness.

And in this, we’re all hugely blessed.

Never before in the history of mankind have there been so many ways to drown ourselves in forgetfulness, so many activities, substances, toys at our disposal to help us forget ourselves.

Mind bending drugs, gadgets, social media, video games, TV reality shows–you name it, we got it.

All designed to make us forget our mundane existence and keep us entertained.

And that’s the key.

As long as we keep our minds occupied with one pointless pursuit after another, we feel like we’re filling up our lives with meaning and purpose.

The mecca for all these pursuits is of course America.

The land of the free, home of the brave and the bored.

That’s why the entire focus of this great society is on how to keep ourselves entertained.

And when it comes to entertainment, nobody does it better than America. Call it the genius of American ingenuity and inventiveness.

We can take anything and turn it into entertainment.

Politics, food, sex, religion, education (especially education. As a teacher myself, I’m aware that the buzzwords these days in education are “innovative teaching strategies” which is just another way of saying, “make it entertaining”).

As the old saying goes, “ignorance is bliss.”

I would add, “and forgetfulness (or entertainment) is heaven.”

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