#39 February 8.

#39 February 8.

I think it’s about time we introduce a new word (well, two to be
more precise) denoting the sacred state of complete meaninglessness: ‘The
existetial vacuum’. Our home was given name by Austrian psychiatrist
Viktor Frankl and he describes people in this state thus: “They have a
feeling of complete meaningslessness of their lives. They are tormented by a
feeling of inner emptiness, absolute emptiness; they are caught in a situation I
have named ‘The existential vacuum'”. Even generally happy and content sheep
experience this in the shape of the “Sunday Neurosis” (a Frankl word again), the
depression that attack quite a few people Sunday afternoon when they suddendly
realize the complete meaninglessness of being. Douglas Adams has a very good
description of this in “Life, the Universe and Everything” wherein he describes
an immortal being: ‘In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn’t cope
with, and a terrible listlessness which starts to set in at about 2.55, when you
know that you’ve already had all the baths you can usefully have that day, that
however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the papers you will never
actually read it, or use the revolutionarily new pruning technique it describes,
and that as you stare at the clocks the hands will move relentlessly on to four
o’clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul.’

-Steven Snedker

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