The Randomness of Everything

This post is about the reasons why one should not take life seriously.

I could say it’s because everything seems so meaningless when you think from the perspective of the infinite universe. But no, I won’t use that logic because ultimately, the world that we really interact with is the one we understand and thus, anything that happens here affects us, directly or indirectly.

But, what I will say is that look around you and question yourself how that thing came to be. The answer is that there is no answer. Everything is very random. Every incident in your life is a result of a roll of dice. I am born in India where I have to constantly fight against the extreme backward minds of the society, against millions of students to get the privilege of studying in a good enough institution, against my own parents whose ninety percent of the day-to-day life does not make any sense to me while, on the other hand, there are some Scandinavian countries where there is extreme value to humanity as proven by a successful free basic income scheme, health care schemes and a near perfect happiness rate. I didn’t ask to be born in my country. So, why should I take my life so seriously?

Actually, even though that might be a correct perspective, it’s a very shitty one because it might make you see me as someone who does not value life just because one is facing a bunch of tough challenges. But, in fact, that’s not how I feel at all, my very point being, there is no use fretting over stuff like that. I cannot go on thinking that my life is so bad just because of the random circumstances. I have to just accept it all and move the fuck on. There are a million things in my head and I really could use taking some load off.

Why care about earning so much when I need only one-tenth of it to have a well enough life? Why argue with people when I know all that’s gonna happen is that they are gonna hate me in the end even though I know I was absolutely right? Why build big dreams when I am just fine with the happy little moments of life? Why build so many human relationships when dogs are simply way better? Who do more of anything? Why complicate my life? Why fret over break-ups?

Build a story of your life but make it funny. Look at old people. They are the funniest because they are wise and have understood that lives are wasted on the miserable.

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It Follows

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This is one of those movies that come with such weird and funny plots, the kind that makes you want to watch it right now because you have to know what the heck it is. Like remember that movie about the vagina with teeth? I do not want to reveal the plot of this movie for you because it itself comes as a nice surprise in the first few minutes and, like I said, it’s super funny.

But it’s not that such comic plots turn me off. No. And on the top of that, the cinematography and the music in this movie worked too well for me. I found myself tightly gripped and the hours flew by like anything the moment I sat down to watch it (it was exactly midnight. Oh, I love it when I do that to myself).

This movie has been categorised as a horror, but it really just lingers on the borderline because except for a few jump scares (which were really nice by the way) and a very few awesome scary scenes, the movie is entirely something else.

I love the movies that transport me back to the 80’s. And this one worked like a charm. Those clothes, the beaches, the photographs, the houses, the streets and trees, the wind of that time, the cigarettes – ahh, if only I had a time machine. The protagonist did an excellent job, the screenplay is good, the other actors were nice enough and the storyline was fine as well. The movie got its funny bits and there are some really quirky elements that I cannot stop thinking about. This movie is something I’d really recommend to someone who loved the Stranger Things TV show.

The things that put me off a teensy bit include the unresolved plot points. There are quite a many pieces of the puzzle that are missing that give me an uneasy feeling; is it just me who is missing them or they really are the loopholes of the movie? I know there are many secrets one needs to look out for in the scenes, read between the lines, but still I am sure there are some obvious things that are lacking.

However, the good things is, the movie is more than it meets the eye. It is hard to get catch the soul of it the first time but the movie revolves a lot around that feeling of being lost in the teenage years. The recklessness of teenagers, the decisions that they make, the way they play with their lives – it’s not very apparent in the movie and probably, it has not been projected very strongly as well, but it is there.

It’s John Green again. I love his words.

“How you feel at your worst is not how you’re always gonna feel. I mean, sure, the world is gonna end and Venice is gonna sink into the sea, but not yet. Sitting in the piazza drinking unconscionably expensive espresso, I was reminded the world is what it is, that the world is also what you bring to it, and who you share it with.”

“Hence the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire…”

-Friedrich Nietzsche, who lost his faith, in a letter to his deeply religious sister

If you could, would you choose a life with no pain?

Happiness is way overrated! Humans, mostly, tend to choose achieving happiness as their personal goal. They start their lives asking themselves what gives (or will give) them the most happiness. And thus, they create their dreams that vary from making tons of money to finding love. But for me, this is not the case. My dream is to go through all the phases of life one can go through. That includes experiencing all the emotions humanity is capable of experiencing in the modern world. And, you might agree, thriving in pain is what makes one more human.

But the paradox of this philosophy is that experiencing the whole range of emotions is my way of achieving happiness. So, it’s not really the happiness, it’s how you achieve it that decides which category you belong to.