Absurdism, Books

Rise of the deplorable

What is to be done?

Here is a story of hope.

Human beings are innately good and amendable to reason. As soon as, by enlightenment and emancipation, humans have overcome unreason and superstition and religion, a scientific-based humanism can be established with a chance of happiness for all. A predictive model of human behaviour can then advantageously guide economic and political relations. By this rational and scientific thinking, and a compassionate regard for all humanity, the human world can be rebuilt on secular lines. Humans, freed from archaism, will see that what is in their interest is also in society’s interest and act together in harmony upon it. Irrationality and hatred and violence, over time, can therefore be made unnecessary. What is needed is education and scientifically sound laws that promote this harmonious regulated life. This materialist philosophy of rational self-interest and progressiveness will promote happiness for all.

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Why I am an Absurdist

Far and few, far and few,
Are the land where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

Absurdists accept the fact that humans exist in a purposeless, chaotic universe. When God gradually retired from ordering the world he took inherent meaning with him. In his absence humans search in vain for inherent meaning in life. The absurd thrives in the gap between the tendency to search for inherent meaning in the world and the impossibility of locating it. Continue reading