Assertion: Life is absurd.
|Abert Camus considered Sisyphus to be a great example of the absurd life|
One might like to think there is cosmic justice, or karma, or an afterlife in which one is either punished or rewarded based on what one believes (and, one would imagine, who one persecutes) in this life. It is a comforting thought and, perhaps, it is true. But I don't think so and I have seen no evidence to prove it.
It is comforting because of a tendancy towards arrogance which makes humans want to think that, since we are here, we must be here for a purpose. If there is a purpose, then we can succeed or fail and, if we can succeed or fail, then there must be some reward or punishment for doing so.
A greater string of non sequitors has never been written, though.
There is nothing in the Universe that suggests a purpose for anything. Cause, yes. Purpose, no. The premise that I have a purpose does not follow from the fact that I am here. As for whether I am here is a fact or not, I shall side with Descarte. I Am. Simply. That is the starting point of all our knowledge and without making an enormous and blind leap of faith we cannot get from here to the assertion that there is a purpose for my being here.
Cause galore, of course, but no purpose.
It is comforting because bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people and it is nice to think that things will all even out in the end. Behave in accordance with whatever religion or creed in which you were indoctrinated and you will be rewarded or be punished for eternity, or at least with a future lifetime as a lesser life form.
But if I try to be good because I choose to be, and someone else tries to be good for hope of reward or threat of punishment who, then, is the moral one? And if there is no ultimate reward or punishment, then what is the basis and reason for morality?
Cogito ergo sum. That must be the start.