Empty Days

Sunday, September 05, 2004



The guy I met on the trip was also pretty aimless - and unhappy, it was obvious. But he thought that his unhappiness was due to not having all the things he was somehow "supposed" to get in life - find a wife, buy a house, make a big salary... He couldn't even understand what I was talking about - that these are just things implanted in one's head through social consensus, that these supposed causes of unhappiness are illusory, that one can break out of this hell of set ideas - and actually must do so if these forms of life prove impossible to achieve. To him my discourse basically felt like some sort of blasphemy against his most basic convictions, it upset him no end. In a way this guy reminded me of my brother - who is an eternal believer in all the ready-made joys of the world and an eternal self-condemned loser for not being able to partake in them. I know what it is - and I know that such people can never break free from their ordeals.

My ordeal is different - I ditched the whole package, now I need to custom-build my very own survival kit.





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