Optimistic Nihilism

The philosophy of Kurzgesagt.

A few hundred thousand years ago, we became conscious and found ourselves in a strange place. it was filled with other beings. we could eat some; some could eat us. there was liquid stuff we could drink; things we could use to make more things. the daytime sky had a tiny yellow ball that warmed our skin. we were home. this made everything much less scary and confusing.

But the older we got, the more we learned about the world and ourselves. we learned that the twinkling lights are not shining beautifully for us, they just are. we learned that we’re not at the center of what we now call the universe, we learned that we’re made of many little dead things, which make up bigger things that are not dead, for some reason, and that we’re

Just another temporary stage in a history going back over a billion years. we learned, in awe, that we live on a moist speck of dust moving around a medium-sized star in a quiet region of one arm of an average galaxy, which is part of a galaxy group that we will never leave. and this group is only one of thousands that, together, make up a galaxy supercluster. but even

Our supercluster is only one in thousands that make up what we call the observable universe. the universe might be a million times bigger, but we will never know. we can throw words around like two hundred million galaxies but all of these numbers mean nothing. our brains can’t comprehend these concepts. but size is not the most troubling concept we have to deal with.

You have five thousand two hundred weeks at your disposal. if you’re twenty-five now, then you have three thousand nine hundred weeks left. if you’re going to die at seventy, then there are two thousand three hundred and forty weeks left – and the dynamic pattern that is you will stop beinge dynamic. some believe that there is a part of us we can’t see or measure, but

We have no way to find out, so this life might be it if you don’t remember the 13.75 billion years that went by before you existed, then the trillions and trillions and trillions of years that come after will pass in no time once you’re gone. and as far as we know, in the end, the universe itself will die and nothing will ever change again. our videos induce existential

Dread in many people, an unscientific, subjective point of view, the philosophy of kurzgesagt, if you want. please take it with a grain of salt; we don’t know any more about human existence than you do. we counter existential dread with optimistic nihilism. well, to summarize, it seems very unlikely that 200 trillion trillion stars have been made for us. in a way, it

Feels like the cruelest joke in existence has been played on us. we became self-aware only to realize this story is not about us. while it is great to know about electrons and the powerhouse of the cell, science doesn’t do a lot to make this less depressing. you only get one shot at life, which is scary, but it also sets you free. if the universe ends in heat death,

Every humiliation you suffer in your life will be forgotten. if our life is all we get to experience, then it’s the only thing that matters. if the universe has no principles, the only principles relevant are the ones we decide on. if the universe has no purpose, then we get to dictate what its purpose is. humans will most certainly cease to exist at some point, but

Before we do, we get to explore ourselves and the world around us. we get to experience feelings. we get to experience food, books, sunrises, and being with each other. the fact that we’re even able to think about these things is already kind of incredible. it’s easy to think of ourselves as separated from everything, but this is not true. so we might as well aim to

Be happy and to build some kind of utopia in the stars. it’s not as if we’ve found out everything there is to know we don’t know why the rules of the universe are as they are, we have no idea what consciousness is or if we are alone in the universe. there are billions of stars to visit, diseases to cure, so, wrapping up, you’ve probably used up a good chunk of the time

Available to you. if this is our one shot at life, there is no reason not to have fun bonus points if you made the life of other people better. more bonus points if you help build a galactic human empire.

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Optimistic Nihilism By Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell