I can’t claim credit for the writing, below. It can be found in numerous places on the internet and I’m yet to find the author to thank/credit for this masterpiece. If you happen to know where or when it was first published, please let me know so I can provide proper attribution.
Everyone has had the thought, at some point in their lives, that life itself may be pointless. I am here to tell you that you are correct. Life is completely pointless.
You are born, live for a cosmic blink of an eye, and then die. There is no Heaven, Hell, Valhalla, Nirvana. The same thing happens to you when you die that happens to a fly when you swat it. It was alive, then it’s dead.
Here I am going to tell you a very basic truth. What exactly are you. You are not a spirit, a soul, or even anything special. I know that sounds very hard to believe as most people spend their entire lives trying to convince themselves they are special. For if you are special then your life is not pointless.
One of the reasons religion has done so well is the fact they convince people that there is a magical man in the sky watching everything they do and that he cares very much about them personally. How prosperous would a religion be that stated “God created the universe, then lost interest and went to get a Slurpee.” If you really think about it, what motivates most people’s actions is the desire to feel special. Competition is a huge by-product of this need. The need to make money, gain power, even respect are all driven by the same need. Everyone just wants to feel as though their life means something and is important.
Well I have bad news for you… you’re not special. Don’t take it too hard for I am not special either. We are both just accidents of evolution, lucky enough to live for a little while before we die and cease to exist. No matter what you do, or how much you want it, nothing will change the fact that you are not special and once you die nothing you did while you were alive will mean anything.
This is actually very good news. Due to the fact that this is it, you might as well accept it. Enjoy every moment you can, because when your time is up, that’s it. No reason to get stressed out or worry. None of it matters. No matter how much money you get, how large a family you spawn, how many beautiful experiences you enjoy, how many friends you have or how many homeless cats you rescue, you are still going to end up the same way the Pope, Jay Leno, and Dahmer will.