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The Sloth Theory
It is not conducive in philosophical inquiry to rely on extremes in opinion, yet debasing them can often serve as a useful tool for examining the full scope of understanding on a subject. On the subject of living a meaningful and fulfilling life, there exist two such extremes. One is that chaos is the only overruling force, somehow always letting life balance on edge, yet obscuring any overall relevance to existence. The second is that all forms of life serve a purpose and that purpose is therefore the dictating force of life's meaning.I therefore seek to posit that both such extremes are tragically flawed. One who believes in this concept of total purpose, upon questioning the existence of the sloth, could only be left to conclude that they are plotting something. Left to do nothing but hang about since prehistoric times, the sloths have indeed had ample time to plot and scheme. Deep in thought, harnessing their telepathy, the sloth sleeper-cells lay in wait. Hardly the lazy, procrastinating, lay-abouts we have them pegged as, but the furry creatures who shall one day rise up and rule us all. Look past the namesake and the moss growing along their immobile backsides, and you will see the twisted, superior smile, a mask, hiding a knowing mind bent on evil. If this does not sound to you like ridiculous paranoia, then perhaps it is only because this theory does remain consistent with the other ridiculous theory of purpose.The opposing idea of chaos ruling existence, seems to hold a closer sense of reality, yet it does not preclude the existence of meaning. Rather, it allows for the possibility of one having the freedom to define their own meaningful existence. This mindset has the additional benefit of preventing the individual from submitting to the patient wait for fate, luck, destiny, karma, poetic justice, or divine intervention to lead the way. Purpose and chaos both exist, yet purpose can be defined by an individual who recognizes chaos, and chaos is bound to consume the individual who places their faith in purpose.
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