“I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie, there is no system, the universe is indifferent.” Don Draper, Mad Men

A lot of us feel cheated by the universe at times, like it’s out to get us, why us? It’s conspiring against us, wanting us to fail. But actually the universe doesn’t give a shit about us or about anything, it just exists, it’s indifferent, it’s neural.

Which in a way it’s quite nice, I wouldn’t want the world to have such power over the outcome of my circumstances, good or bad. The world doesn’t revolve around us, it will be here after we die, doing it’s thing, sun rising and setting, winds blowing, oceans lapping, we’re temporary travelers and nothing is truly ours to keep.

“The thing about the ultimate cosmic meaninglessness of man is that you can either wallow in your insignificance and the attendant pain that brings in a culture so obsessed with fame and being important, or you can fall in love with literally everything and everyone in a dozen small ways because everything still exists despite the statistical unlikelihood of it all and that’s a goddamn miracle” – anon

So if we be a bit more mindful of these points, we can get a bit of perspective on what matters in our lives by realising our inevitable demise and our insignificance to the universe.

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I hope this had some value to you, and your mind is more full of meaningful, thought provoking stuff. What’s your opinion on the subject?

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“Everything and everyone around us, is fleeting and impermanent” – Brianna Wiest

Also: “Property is theft. Nobody ‘owns’ anything. When you die, it all stays here.” – George Carlin

It’s up to us to build our lives how we want it and create our own inner happiness, we are the one constant in our lives, our own best friends.

Things on the outside are fleeting and impermanent, coming and going throughout life at their own pace, like technology, products, furniture, art, films, experiences, rain, sun, our appearances, friends, lovers, pets and family. But things on the inside can be fleeting and impermanent too, like thoughts, feelings, moods, memories, opinions, problems and perspectives.

This helps ease the fact that bad things will come, as they will also pass like bad weather, life is a series of moments. I think it’s worth being mindful that what we have is not ours. The awesome neon light I got for a birthday present will go back into the world when I’m dead, I can’t take it with me, which is depressing but a freeing fact of nature in a way. Nothing really lasts forever so don’t suffer too much, quit complaining, accept and live, with joy. (Easier said than done of course!)

“I know I was born and I know that I’ll die, the in-between is mine, I am mine.”

Pearl Jam – I Am Mine

I love these lyrics that I interpret to be about doing whatever you like with your life because it’s yours, making your own path, self acceptance, empowerment and acceptance of the inevitable and uncontrollable. You can’t help, change or control being born or dying, have to accept and respect nature. What you do in-between that time (womb – ? – tomb) is entirely up to you. Enjoy it while it lasts.

And also Cake – Thrills

“Man is born, man lives, man dies.” Such a true statement, that is life and nature. These are facts and fate we can’t escape. Death and aging is scary and depressing to me, which is silly because it’s totally natural. Knowing and remembering you’re going to die one day, can be helpful in viewing life with a different mindset enabling you make the most of your time here. For example, “when work feels overwhelming, remember that you’re going to die.” Or this “I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.” ― Don Draper, Mad Men.

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” ― Mark Twain