NIhilism: Eliminating Limits & Creating Your Own Purpose

Today's society offers the majority of Americans the freedom to do almost anything we desire. Our potential is figuratively limitless because we have the opportunity to make decisions for ourselves, believe what we want to believe, and value what is important to us. With this freedom in America, we have the ability to live any type of life we desire to live. We can personally develop our own concept of what our purpose in life is and what the entire meaning of life is to us. Religion and beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation. This tradition creates a differing perspective from the Nihilistic point of view. For example, in American culture there are many Christian followers that believe their purpose in life is to follow, serve and pray to a higher being on a daily basis. They believe that this is the only way to live a fulfilling life that will eventually be rewarded in the afterlife. I cannot imagine dedicating and living my life for a higher being, but many people do it. I think people should step back and realize how much of THIS life is being taken and effected as a result of the time spent practicing religion. There is no promise of another life. We all have the ability to choose how we want to live our lives and create our own purpose, aside from the religion that has been ingrained in our American culture for hundreds of years. We can chose for ourselves why we want to live our lives and do what makes us happy, we do not have to live for someone else or a “higher being”. We all want to live a life in which we can do what we desire most and that will make us feel fulfilled. The best part about it is, we can do it. Do not limit your purpose in life to a cultural/religious belief that people tell you to believe. Create your own!

The images I chose are taken in a normal parking garage, but capture art that took a great deal of creativity to produce in such a blank, empty space. This is similar to how all humans are born into the same normal world, but must use creativity to bring meaning to their own lives. Together, I think this collection of images visually tells the story of how we can arrive at discovering our own meaning in life.
“The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at.” –Hannah Arendt
“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.” -Epictetus There are many faces within this single image and many ways to look at it depending on your perspective. Your perspective is what determines how you view the world and the decisions you make.
“Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.” –Karl Marx I like this image because it has a head in the middle of a cross. I like to think that this represents a naive, yet curious individual that turns to religion when they feel that they need an explanation of life when they find it difficult to understand.
“Such are the heights of wickedness to which men are driven by religion.” -Lucretius This image is a great visual of how religion can effect our perspective. I viewed it as a brain with a very angry face that appears to be exploding at the bottom. I think this image shows how religion can limit the way that we think when we could be free of these religious constraints.
“What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.” -Lucretius I think this image accurately portrays this quote because one of the creatures appears to be very happy, while the other appears to be very scared. They both have different expressions in the same moment. What makes one person happy, might be someone else's worst fear. Perspective can change everything.
I think this image represents how sometimes we need to take a step back and recognize that there are multiple perspectives and views in the world. When we look around we will realize that there are more than just one way of viewing the world. Do not limit yourself because of a certain perspective or religion. The world is yours!
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” –Henry David Thoreau
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