MOMENT OF CLARITY

Two weeks ago a friend of mine got into a jet-ski accident. The most memorable part of the accident wasn’t the actual collision, he said, but the “moment of clarity” he experienced after he resurfaced. He realized that all the things that we stress about every day really isn’t that important, and that there are only a couple things in life that matter. I have artistically reproduced that moment:

From a scientific viewpoint, we’re on this Earth to procreate and for no other reason. The meaning that people latch onto to make their life livable is just something that we humans do to pass the time. Your life is not even a blink in the cosmic scale of things.

35 thoughts on “MOMENT OF CLARITY

  1. inSOMnia

    AHHH the moment of clarity for gaygay. what happened to the jet ski does he have to pay to fix it as most arent insured

  2. DC Girl

    Hmmm. The meaning of life is to procreate and hang with the Kool Aid man? Maybe that’s where I’m going wrong. Yeah, T just had one of these moments on Sunday and he had clarity…but I still haven’t gotten any from that incident.

  3. Drew

    It is a shame it takes something like this to make me realize how short life is and how stupid it is to waste time arguing, fighting to get ahead, or worrying about the past. Anytime something even begins to upset me lately I just stop and think ” could be dead” and the problem usually fall away. Don’t worry Som the jetski was insured! I got a citation for “failure to judge an oncoming boat!”

  4. The Truth

    The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.

  5. kilgore

    “From the scientific viewpoint…”

    What does this mean? Aren’t you merely saying that there is a biological imperative for humans, like all animals, to reproduce. Few people would argue with this much, but the logical fallacy lies in assuming that the existence of such an imperative excludes any other or higher meaning.

    To be honest, I’m having trouble making sense of your point. Why does one try to relate the concepts of “meaning” and “science” outside the context of human subjectivity? Humans assign value in the form of meaning or importance to everything from their own everyday triumphs and failures to the grandest cosmic events. This is, plainly, what meaning is.

    Why is the death of a loved one important? Because humans assign importance to it.
    Why is the extinction of a species, the creation of a solar system, or any other cosmic event important? Purely because humans assign importance to it.

    The statement that human existence is meaningless because meaning is only assigned by humans is an empty tautology, since the very word “meaning” already concedes and transcends its human origin.

    If you are not convinced of this, try to imagine what it would entail for there to be a kind of objective meaning, accessible to science. You will find that no such thing exists, not because human existence is devoid of any sort of meaning, but because such a concept is absurd.

  6. Hugh

    I’m not sure I quite understand your picture as it relates to the point you seem to be trying to make. You depict two people enjoying a sexual romp (with a welcome Kool-Aid kameo) and caption the picture “our only reason for existence”.

    Today, given that we have divorced sex from procreation, why does intercourse become a reason for existence when it doesn’t lead to producing babies?

    I’m guess I’m just confused by what you’re trying to say. If, as you say, “we’re on this Earth to procreate and for no other reason” then wouldn’t it follow that your life of having sex with dozens of hot and passionate women and Random Basement Virgin’s life of never touching even a woman are equally meaningless? Is that what you’re trying to say?

  7. Hugh

    Good unsubstantiated assertion, Phil. It might be true but how are you divining the veracity of what you’re saying?

    And besides, said the Egyptian, “I don’t live in sin. I reside in Denial.”

  8. DCB Post author

    “Few people would argue with this much, but the logical fallacy lies in assuming that the existence of such an imperative excludes any other or higher meaning.”

    The higher meaning is what individuals choose to prescribe to their lives, it is not inherent in nature… it is not in their genes. You are born with a set of instincts to survive and pass on those genes, with everything else being gravy.

    “I?m not sure I quite understand your picture as it relates to the point you seem to be trying to make. You depict two people enjoying a sexual romp (with a welcome Kool-Aid kameo) and caption the picture ?our only reason for existence” ”

    Instead of taking a serious route with the picture and how it really impacted my friend, I took a humorous approach as it dealt with how males place a high importantce in sex, which isn’t totally inappropriate considering that it is the one thing humans are “meant” to do.

    Guys: this post isn’t one you should take too seriously. I will touch on this topic again in the near future with more explanation.

  9. sung

    “Is the boat a Male? Or what?s that gray cock-n-balls lookin? thing at the back of it?!?!”

    A motor? What’s on your mind buddy?

  10. Liz

    On a sort of related note, John ’00’ Fleming was nearly killed in a boating accident a few weeks ago. Because of this he will not be at Five this Friday. 🙁

    My friend Jay (Cyzum) will still be playing there though, with some other people. Should be good times.

  11. Mitch

    Cyzum’s shit is pretty nuts. I’ve caught a broadcast or two of his on Fleming’s show, he really impressed me.

  12. Liz

    This is true Mitch. The guy’s got some real talent. And he’s fuckin cool as shit. He and J00F are pretty good friends actually.

    If you like his stuff I would strongly recommend you attend Five tomorrow. I think John C might be playing with him too.

    Also, if you’re a big psy head, go to nation on August 15 to Dimitri Nakov, and on the 26th of August to see Jay open for Juno Reactor. I cannot WAIT to see Juno Reactor.

  13. Drew

    Sommy, it was a steel boat so it was okay:-)

    And I am still in love with your cousin…Ithink I will go make out

  14. vodkaboy

    Someone is trying to frame me. You know I wouldnt bone your girl….well maybe i would but i wouldnt tell you

  15. Mattb

    The expression on the guys face in the thought bubble says it all. I have been going back and forth with this in my head for some time, why are we here, what’s the point of life, oh shit im going to be dead before 2070, etc… your illustration pretty much brings it all together for me.

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