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Nagel, “The Absurd” Here are some bad arguments for absurdity: -Nothing will matter in a million years—so what? If what you do doesn’t matter now, then what difference would it make if it were to matter in a million years? -we don’t live forever/we’re tiny specks with no impact—that’s not it. if a short life is absurd, wouldn’t an infinitely long life be infinitely absurd? -we’re going to die, so the justification for our acts is necessarily open -no good. “chains of justification come repeatedly to an end within life, and whether the process as a whole can be justified has no bearing on the finality of these end-points.” (717) my acts can have a purpose without some larger context. still, there seems to be something that we perceive when we say that life is absurd. what is it? “a conspicuous discrepancy between pretension or aspiration and reality” (718) we have this inflated view of what our lives are that conflicts with what we know life to be when we consider it from a certain perspective. we take our lives seriously
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