Lamont and Dude Discuss the Meaning of Life

“How can you say it’s meaningless?”

“It is. Intrinsically, it’s meaningless. It might be meaningful to you, but that’s as far as it goes.”

“Lamont, are you sure you’re not a nihilist?”

“I’m sure. If I were, would I keep coming back? I don’t know why it bothers you so much that it’s meaningless. It’s really a good thing.”

“How do you figure that?”

“It’s like a work of art. You do it. You take pleasure in the doing of it and you’re in love with it for a while, then you put it away and go on to the next thing. Maybe someone likes it and maybe they want it because it has meaning for them. I mean, aren’t there things others do that you don’t ever ever want to do?”

“Oh yeah. But really, Lamont, after all these times coming back I think we should know the meaning of life.”

“Dude, what did life mean to you back when you were a single cell creature? Did you even have consciousness?”

“No, not per se.”

“Well, there you go. You got eaten, am I right?”

“We all pretty much always get eaten unless we’re top predators. And then we get eaten post mortem.”

“If we have any meaning at all, it’s as food.”

“Wow. Your philosophy is so bleak, Lamont.”

“Not as bleak as trying to make sense out of Heidegger.”

“Oh! That’s right! I keep forgetting! You were once a philosophy professor!”

“Metaphysics, no less. It made me yearn for my time as a…”

“Woolly Mammoth?”

“No, silly. Velociraptor. I wish that iteration had not been so violently and conclusively aborted.”

“I’m with you, man. Maybe that’s the source of your despairing life view?”

 

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Lamont and Dude are characters I came up with a couple of years ago. Because they remember many of their past incarnations, they have a unique perspective on life, the universe and everything.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/meaningless/

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