From this Twitter thread in early 2019.

Nihilism is an abomination.

Nihilism is like realizing the sky isn’t green, and building a life and identity based on this “profound truth”.

Like, so what? It’s obvious. What about the myriad disciplines of constructing meaning that humanity has developed to circumvent the lack of an intrinsic one, and thrive together?

If you’ve ever used words in your life, you’ve used a platform for constructing meaning that others developed.

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Meaning is simply everything you build to support the weight of existence.

  • Meaning is built! Not found.
  • Meaning is personal.
  • Anything can be meaningful, but not everything is.
  • Without meaning, life feels heavy and burdened.
  • Art is meaningful when and because it supports the weight of the unsaid.
  • Beliefs are meaningful when and because they support the weight of the unknown and the unknowable.
  • Values are meaningful when and because they support the weight of mortality and suffering.
  • Leisure is meaningful when and because it supports the weight of desire.
  • Meaning is meaningful when and because it supports the weight of freedom.
  • Relationships are meaningful when and because they are collaborations on building meaning.

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  1. Compliance to organization suppresses unproductive movement and enables directional movement.
  2. Compliance to dysfunctional organization results in paralysis.
  3. Non-compliance re-enables movement, albeit disorganized, chaotic, and uncontrolled.
  4. Anarchism calls for non-compliance.
  5. Anarchism is a posture that provides relief from paralysis caused by organizational dysfunction.
  6. Corollary: Organization is something that, when functional and complied to, drives productivity.

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