October 19

There is No Point

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Articles | No Comments

It is doubtful that whether there is a point to life or not is a topic of conversation in the average American’s year. In mine, it seems to have been a theme. Some of the most memorable situations where it has arisen begins with an excellent book I read at the beginning of the year. It also comes up in lectures with students and in one of my favorite television programs. In these forums, the theme is there is no point.

In one part of the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson, he tells the story of losing a college friend and becoming despondent. He decides during that time that nothing matters; there is no point to life. He spends months laying around doing nothing.

In my classes, I challenge students to think about what they determine to be the purpose or point of life. Often in these discussions, I posit my existential belief that there is no meaning inherent in life. The students reply that the thought that there is no meaning is depressing. Their faces become a mixture of shock, empathy for me, and despair at the thought that an educated person like myself could be right. Some people wonder how one can even go on living with such a philosophy; that this philosophy might go so far as making one suicidal.

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