Sub specie aeternitatis
/under the aspect of eternity/
“Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there’s humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.” (David Lynch)
I bet we’ve all had these all-embracing thoughts about what is the meaning of it all and why are we even here. We’ve all had absurd dreams and absurd situations in life. Think of all those times you’ve experienced semantic satiation when you’ve repeated a word for so long that it suddenly stopped making any sense whatsoever. This bizarre loss of familiarity with yourself and the world around you is in its own way fascinatingly beautiful. We won’t go full on Albert Camus on the topic of absurdity but we will acknowledge its essential and vital part in our existence. As concluded in ‘The Journal of Philosophy’ by Thomas Nagel (1971): “I would argue that absurdity is one of the most human things about us: a manifestation of our most advanced and interesting characteristics“.
But you know what’s the best thing about it – not taking yourself seriously sometimes. The level of humor derived from the absurd is boundless. A great example from popular culture would be the ludicrous genius of ‘Rick and Morty’. Let’s be honest here – the series is hilarious and over the top absurd. The volume of preposterous activities and plot developments are so overwhelmingly insane that it simply leaves you with a feeling of absolute amusement.
Let us celebrate and welcome the comedy of the absurd, which surrounds us in our every day lives. Try to recollect all those absurd conversations you’ve had with your family, friends or strangers and how entertaining they were. The gift of imagination makes day-to-day existence a bit more humorous. So why not humor ourselves and approach life with a little bit of irony?