34iplaw wrote:cianchetta0 wrote:jonny27 wrote:cianchetta0 wrote:
I'm going to defer to my favorite comedian, Louis CK, in this awkward, social media-bloodletting, moment.
"Also please remember that the turning over of one year to another is a mental construct that bears no more weight than the things that keep us apart and in competitive categories as human beings. Time is not moving. You’re not losing or gaining ground. You’re not separate from “them” anymore than you’re separate from your own umbrella. It’s now, we’re us and this is here. If you’re in pain, this too shall pass. If you’re in luxury, this too shall pass. Ask an old lady how she’s doing. The internet is not real. Draw a picture on a napkin." - Louis CK
Sure, that's the way to look at the world if you don't believe that anything humans do has or creates meaning. Pretty depressing perspective if you ask me, more depressing than being green as a gelatin gummy bear (that's green)
Well, there's no refuting Louis is a self-admitted depressed person, like most comics. But I don't think this is passage is depressing, although that could show how low my base level is for depressive/optimistic sentiments. I think it's more about not losing sight of the moment or the fact that we humans are a collection of experiences bound by our minds and not necessarily the passage of time, be it years or whatever. Meaning therefore is independent of say, your graduation in 2014 and your marriage in 2019, rather it affirms your being in the here and now.
I kind of agree with your interpretation. I also tend to loathe any quote that is deterministic in nature... which I don't really feel is present in this.
"the turning over of one year to another is a mental construct that bears no more weight"
Maybe you're right about his main point, but the premise he's using to get there is that mental constructs are not meaningful. That's what I'm referring to