Jun 8, 2010

"Life, Skepticism, Postmodernism"...just random thoughts...

People always think and wonder about life, their existence, and their relationship with others. Ever since we became conscious of this world, of ourselves, and of the people around us, we tend to think and compare our lives with others'. Then, some might ask, "What/Who am I gonna be like when I get older?" After Image pondered in a song that goes..."What has life to offer me when I grow old? What's there to look forward to beyond the biting cold. They say it's difficult, yes, stereotypical. What's there beyond sleep, eat, work in this cruel life. Ain't there nothin' else 'round here but human strife..."
I have been wondering if life is what we really made it. Or maybe our life is predestined by a Supreme Being, we call "God." Or is there really a God? That makes life much more harder to comprehend... I don't mean to ask such question nor I am gonna tackle about His existence for it might lead me to a more complex and very long argument of proving His existence. But in today's world of Internet and highly advanced technology, does life really matter? I am not saying about life per se, but life in relation to others and to the divine being... People who grew up during the birth and rise of the Internet somehow lost their connection to the real world. These people are sometimes labeled by Americans as the "Millennials" or the "Net generation." I myself would admit that I sometimes lost my connection to my family and even myself in a sense that I tend to spend so much time playing computer games (online or LAN), chatting, twittering, checking facebook, and doing things like the Millennials usually do. Doing all these things might be entertaining and fun, but it could be lifeless. Lifeless in a sense that there is no longer a "bond" developed between the self and the other. Yes, some people may be friends and stay connected, like in facebook, friendster and other networking sites, but by the time the other person logs out or signs out in a few seconds, then they are no longer considered friends. Or perhaps they are, in their own digital ways...

Sometimes, in this postmodern world, I tend to find myself in doubt of all the things in life. It led me to wonder about life, and its meaning. It even led me to doubt the existence of a divine being... With all the news and the things happening in the lives of men all over the world, especially those who are affected by calamities or war, I kind of think that life is nothing but the occurrence of random events. Thinking about it leads me to embrace the idea of skepticism. Sometimes what the postmodernist thinks is plausible. In the postmodernist thoughts, some thinkers would describe postmodernism as a late twentieth-century condition or culture characterized by skepticism toward two fundamental categories of thought and experience: the true and the real. In a sense, the postmodern is associated with the depthless, the insubstantial, and the spiritually exhausted. I agree with this postmodernist thinking...

With all these notions about life, postmodernism, and skepticism, how am I supposed to reconcile my thoughts to what others think or believe is true and real? Do you think I am being blinded by my personal emotions and ill feelings against my past experiences to the extent that I deny the existence of a divine being and became skeptic about the things in life or even life itself?
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