As a philosophy, Absurdism is rather amusing.
Most philosophies have tenants. Absurdism offers solutions. The problem being solved in Absurdism is the conflict between the “human tendency to seek inherent value in life” and “the human inability to find any”. The solutions include:
- Suicide (escaping existence)- Considered an unviable option because it does not counter the Absurd, but only becomes more absurd
- Belief in a transcendent realm, being, or idea- a possible solution because it requires a belief in something beyond the Absurd, something untouched by it. However, this solution is also viewed as an attempt to elude the third solution.
- Acceptance of the Absurd: a solution in which one accepts the Absurd and continues to live in spite of it. The idea here is to make the fight against the meaninglessness of the universe the meaning for living. This solution is also viewed as madness because of its very nature: accepting the meaninglessness of the universe, but fighting it in an attempt to create your own meaning.
So, how shall you spend Absurdity Day? And does it really mean anything to celebrate it? In moments like these, it is best to remember that there are no answers, there is only Questions. And no non-sequiturs.