If suffering cannot be eradicated…

If suffering can never be eradicated, our purpose must account for suffering.
Our purpose must make the pain worthwhile or meaningful. If not, life, suffering, and pain are all absurd.

In a moment of clarity (seeing the absurd), we can see the religious/humanistic impulse to validate suffering is attractive (giving meaning to pain retroactively).

The leap is to trade up: swap the obvious irrationality of suffering for a portentous, impossible dream. Upgrading absurdities maintains purpose by excluding logic and, in so doing, secures comfort.


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