Two approaches to contentment

1. It’s OK that we live in an ultimately meaningless, purposeless, impersonal, amoral (or unjust), unaesthetic (or ugly), futile universe, not being fully known and fully loved, suffering pointlessly, working fruitlessly, dying permanently. It makes what little we have worth enjoying.

2. Whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want, our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Cognitive dissonance among atheists:

“The pointlessness of life is not a thing to be overcome. It’s something to be celebrated now, because that’s all there is.”

“We invent comforting lies to distract us from one simple truth: Oblivion looms… The clock is ticking. We create our own meaning, and there’s more than enough to be had. Seize it where you can.”

“I do feel that life is ultimately pointless, but I honestly don’t care.”


See also: Optimistic Nihilism

The strange logic of “If it is meaningless and valueless and pointless… but scarce and temporary, we should enjoy it and pretend it has meaning while we can.”