In one of my last posts, ‘Deceptive World – Commentary’, I postulated the conclusion that the elements and phenomena that we experience in this world, including our own ego, are actually devoided of an own substance and are nothing more than interpretations and name conventions.
This conclusion at first might appear very nihilistic and can initially produce emotions like complete senselessness and ‘darkness’ since it gives the impression that life is meaningless.
In this sense it would be even justified to raise the question ‘is thinking about the meaning of life self-destructive ?’. Well, if this question can or should be replied to with ‘yes’ probably I should consider myself a self-destructive species. But at least I am a friendly one. 😉
But serious again. Similar to so many other aspects in life to create something new, or to come some new insights often it is required first to destroy or remove some existing aspects, situations or views. By destroying these existing things, to which mostly people got used and attached to, often a feeling of persisting emptiness is created. For most people ’emptiness’ is a frightening concept, although it should be rather a concept giving relief through the calmness and freedom it is able to create.
So once this emotion is reached it is very important not to get drown in this void or darkness, or however you wish to call it. It is essential to recognize that one of the most important factors of destruction is the change and creation of something new it brings along. Life is constant change. Within every change destruction and creation are both included. Behind this rolegame of ongoing destruction and creation there is emptiness, but our mind tries to avoid – or is not capable? – to see this emptiness since our senses, to which the mind is reacting in the first place, concentrate on the changing phenomena. It is our mind who tries to create the illusion that phenomena, including ourselves, can be permanent. This clinging to things that do not have an own identity, and therefore cannot be static and permanent, on the long run is actually more self-destructive than to accept the empty and changing nature of phenomena.
Another factor is that we tend to consider destruction as something negative, and creation as something positive. But as a matter of factor both aspects, as well destruction as creation, should be seen neutral. It is by creating contradictions that we try to define the worldy phenomena which we experience with our senses. This dualistic approach reflects the balance and the completeness of the world, but we should not forget that these are only conceptional naming conventions and that both the elements of a contradiction, without being defined against their counterpart, would not exist and therefore cannot have an own identity.
So regarding thinking about the meaning of life we should always concentrate to rather focus on the positive effects it brings instead of the initial nihilistic impression. Realizing that phenomena, including our own being, are not something static, and so do not have a persistent non changeable meaning, should actually create calmness and freedom through the capability to relativize a lot of things. But of course realizing that practically everything can be relativated can bring somebody in a serious dip, because you have to be open and ready to even relativize the construct of your own mind: your ego.
So if you see it strictly from the point of view of your ego: yes, thinking about the meaning of life is self-destructive.