Why are we here?

Jacob Dugar, Editor

Does life have any meaning? Do we have a purpose in this life? I am a firm believer that the answer to these questions is a firm “No.”

   Now, I  know it sounds bad to say that, but, trust me, it’s a legitimate branch of philosophy called nihilism.

   Now, I’m not going to go into the normal type of nihilism, since I think that saying life is meaningless and there’s nothing you can do about it is just too grim.

   My point of view, which I have stolen from someone else and called “Optimistic Nihilism,” is a much more, you guessed it, optimistic approach towards the whole aspect of life meaning nothing.

   This thought process essentially states that everybody is born without a purpose in this world, and it is our duty to find or make our own.

   This could be through pursuing your passions, trying to make the world a better place, or whatever else you want.

   The common factor between all of these, unless you’re a sociopath, is happiness. Making yourself, others, or both happy is, in my opinion, the best thing to do in life, for a life lived unhappily isn’t a life well-lived.

   This mindset can go even farther when combined with existentialism, which states that all humans are born as blank slates and molded by the choices that they make using their free will.

   I’m a firm believer that no person is born evil but is just a product of his or her environment, which greatly influence the decisions he or she makes.

   Some may find meaning through other means, but, to me, doing what makes me happy and helping others do the same along the way is enough of a purpose in this terrifyingly large universe that we barely know anything about.