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Give yourself a bit of nice

Once you accept that nothing really happens, that there are no winners and losers, that there is no intrinsic fairness in the universe, that you don't really exist in the way you think you do (the evidence for this is fairly overwhelming), then you might find yourself feeling a bit grim. You'll meet a lot of grim people in your life and you probably know a few right now, but you don't need to become one of them just because life is meaningless and you're just an organic spec transforming energy from one form to another through the mechanics of an evolutionary machine. This is to understand things incorrectly.

You have found yourself alive in a body. How you interpret that is up to you, but you've got a life and you're a human being (unless you are a dog that can read). A human being means something - you need people, you feel happy, you feel sad, you want to swim with dolphins, eat pleasant food, not be tortured and killed. This is what we are: and, it turns ou…

The paradox of existence

So then, we might like to ourselves - "how do I engage with life and feel good at the same time?" No-one can escape the inevitable difficulties we will all encounter, but let's not let that stop us from being jolly young things.
I'm not going to get through the entire philosophy of suffering and freedom in one blog post, other than to say that we live in a paradoxical situation - nothing matters and yet things do matter. Or, nothing really happens but, clearly, things do happen. This paradox is life (as in being a living creature). We are living things that go through life and die at the end of it (at some random point) - this is important to us. We also have needs - friends, family, a sense of purpose, a sense of home. These all matter. At the time, nothing really happens and it's not really important - all of us will be forgotten at some point. Everything will be gone. 
Here's the trick. We have to embrace the paradox. Things matter and do not matter all at t…