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Posted by trablano on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 02:55:50 :

In Reply to: To whom are you trying to justify your existence anyway? posted by Joe on Friday, December 20, 2002 at 00:58:55 :

Joe, some of us feel the need to justify themselves for doing what they do. I for instance often search long for a reason until I do something important. I want to be able to tell myself that I've always had reason and did nothing just for fun etc. I find this to be a rational lifestyle. It's not dependent if someone loves me or not, it's a mere question of authenticity for me.

The thing is, Joe, is that you make me feel uncomfortable when you're around. Also, in debate, you seem to not display the common sense I prefer. You defend America as if it's your kingdom, while the America we critisize is just what certain politicians represent, certain bad and probably dangerous politicians like Bush. I don't know exactly, but it seems as if you live with a certain pride about America and gather all your information about it from CNN. If you try different sources like indymedia.org the whole world affairs look different. Might be that you're not a prick but one of the poor uninformed people who are active in their own oppinion, but again, this makes me feel uncomfortable.

: Especially without religion. (Damn you thecry posters anyway.)

: My view is that in the absence of religion, no one else really cares enough about your existence except you. I'm not saying that people don't love you, but even the person in the world that loves you the most likely doesn't think about you 1/10 as much as you think about your own needs. Life has meaning only if you believe so in your own head. That is not anti-social. Often, relationships with others are the primary reason your own head finds life fulfilling, but it is still self-centered and healthily so. Creating, like having children, gives the appearance of immortality but you're only delaying being forgotten by a few generations.

: I think this is rather invigorating, really. Writers are easily more depressed as a whole than the public at large, as are philosophers and other creative types who are really dependent on the opinions of their audience for self-justification.

: Must run. This is admittedly undeveloped (but I did respond treblano).

: Joe

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