Jake LaCaze


Too many people are quick to provide answers to all of life's little problems. They don't ask questions because they have it all figured out.

Myself included, at times.

In such an age, can we say we need philosophy more than ever before? Have questions ever been so important?

The long journey of personal growth and real change often starts with questions.

What does this mean? How do I feel about it? How can I change it? Can I change it?

But without questions, discovery becomes less likely.

Questions require a certain degree of humility by the admission you don't have the answers and by the acceptance you may not find them.

We know the old saying: First things first. But too often we've found the answer before we've bothered to ask the question.

Like, really ask the question.

And for the sake of discovery and not for the confirmation of what we already believe to be true.

With an open mind and a shut mouth.

And so we have to put first things first: We have to put the question before the answer.

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When I started blogging again just a few years ago, I did so on a blog I called Flirting with Nihilism.

The title described where I was at the time—experiencing emotions that often rhymed with nihilism, while never quite going all in.

I worked through these feelings by adding my own meaning to life.

That's right—I got existential.

Now I'm the happiest I've ever been.

But I'm still open to the argument that all of this—this whole life thing—is meaningless.

Because I'll be dead one day. So will my kids. Maybe even all of humanity, on a long enough timeline.

So I have to give nihilism credit where it's due.

And yet . . .

All of this—this whole life thing—it means everything. This one shot—that's all I get.

And I get the chance to have a sphere of influence greater than what I can ever realize or measure.

And so, these days I'm flirting with absurdism, as I try to apply reason where it doesn't belong—in this whole life thing.

Everything around us—these societal structures and norms—every bit of it is absurd and it'll make you crazy if you take the time to think about it. Cue the midlife crisis.

Absurdism doesn't ignore the paradoxes of life or push them under the rug. Absurdism instead embraces those paradoxes.

The world makes no sense. Yet living on and enjoying our time here as best we can is the ultimate act of rebellion.

And now I understand why they say laughter is the best medicine. Laughing at the absurdity all around us is the best response.

This seems more productive than throwing in the towel and aiding in the burning of the world around us.