The Bitter Truth About Human Existence!
The streets were busy with steps of such men for whom the marketplace was formed to run the engine of everyday life. It was not Neolithic age nor stone age but an age where no word existed in dictionary of archaeologists to describe the perfection human civilization achieve in that specific time period when the Greeks flourish in Athens. Labelling that age of achievement will be a mistake by us even in todays modern world. Leisure was so much among people that they were employed to be sophists and learners, scholars, thinkers, poets, dramatists and philosophers. There was a man named “Aristotle” whose name to this day has been glorified but never understood. One day he come up on the streets in Athens with his disciples and on observing the hustle and bustle in the marketplace. In short just one single snap judgement his eyes visualize all the ways in which a human being consumes himself in all parts of life regardless of their profession. The end purpose was the materialistic fulfillment, a house, a beautiful wife, children, social recognition, a state, music, poetry, bravery of soldiers from Sparta to Persian Gulf to Indus peninsula. For he has seen the end of Alexander after he died in Babylon how vain was his attempt to conquer the world when couldn’t even conquered his own very existence and died at the age of thirty five with nothing in his hands when buried. Aristotle himself was at the age of sixty-two he had learned all sitting in the great library of Alexandria in Egypt. He got tried of all learning and his wisdom at last failed him to understand human nature and the world around that he was so nihilistic in the sense he gave up his quest for truth because there was no truth in reality but all that existed was an illusion it was there for the last time he uttered these words with so much truth and hardness. Aristotle said, “One must be a beast or a God to live alone”. His sage there ended and up to now scholars wondered why would he say such thing?
The Germans then came with the development of ages we found a man name “Fredrich Nietzsche” who alone understand what Aristotle was saying in the literal sense of human reality so he wrote, “One must be a beast or a God to live alone said Aristotle leaving out the third case that one must be both a “Philosopher”. Now according to the definition of “Thomas Hobbes” a philosopher is not some higher being but it could be every lay man who considers reason alone the sole of measure of everything to make it simple he meant to say that no authority of some god, book or king can tell him what to do? when a man understands himself and the world around he could be a philosopher he doesn’t have to be a philosophy major or in academia but a normal human being who earns his living, who has a wife or kids or single yet engage in world just to survive with the limited time given to him. “Albert Camus” the French Algerian emphasize the idea in his essay “On the myth of Sisyphus”, how everyday life of a man shows his weariness and the absurdity of life that nihilism which covers his body in the night like a blanket with fear of mortality that one day it all will end that his own very existence will be ceased to exist then what is the use of everything he is trying to do in the present? How long he is going to fool himself with trends, music, literature or sciences or his own profession and the family or the community in which he lives at the end he is alone even among masses. Every man is alone juts like that when he sees himself every morning in the mirror.
Russians were way smarter than all these people Dostoevsky writings for example from the “notes of the underground” where a man lives alone in a home doing his job as a clerk in office and he manifests over his own life recalling his past confesses the fate of mankind in their foolish task of living and dying. There is a famous Russian proverb that says, “Living after forty’s is bad manners and is vulgar”. The French writer “Marcel Proust” wrote worlds longest novel just to tell you he spends rest of his youth and adult life writing and recalling the past of his childhood now after reading his novel what one may wonder? What is the use of all this? Living in the past hating the present world so much his rebellion with so called arrow of time is self-evident and his disgust for living. Same is the case with the German writer “Gunter” who on his death bed outburst on seeing his friends surrounding him in his last hour said, “nobody understands anyone, I never understood anyone of you nor do you ever understood me”. “Franz Kafka” write “Metamorphosis” in the story he transforms the protagonist into a cockroach one morning on his bed when he discovers himself turned into a vermin still in the body of a cockroach he cares more about the work he has to do to earn and feed his family not his own self he still wanted to go to work even being more less than a human but at the end his own family kills him. What point does the writer tries to indicate in this essay on solitude is that human life as it is as we see it today is nothing but a mistake where man alone faces the godless world in oblivion. One should have courage to live alone like “Thoreau” who spends three years in woods alone and teach us that nothing is worth in the world than self-reliance, relying on ones own energies and not waiting or depend on other people even in the lowest conditions a human could be. Stand for your self as “Hemingway” wrote, “Man was not made to be destroyed but as long as he stands, he can be defeated but not destroyed”. Now wait until the world ends so that every soul realizes that their rat race for materialism fails them ending up even in heaven will bore them, wait until their own gods will bore them. Boredom which is the reason of all crimes that exist and wait until he kills his own gods and put wrath up on themselves that they were on a folly, their thoughts were not enough to cheer them and that mankind should have never ever have been existed.