Top Ten Late Night Thoughts

I went around asking friends about this subject. There were many similar answers, though this activity led to an existential crisis for most of us.

The Top Ten

1 We are just a small speck in the universe

This list-maker and others proffer the depressive, nihilistic undercurrent that has plagued the spoiled children of the West since the Beatnik days, and which manifested itself again with the Goth subculture, and really blossomed into an adolescent plague with the metal and grunge culture."We aren't special." If you think that all of creation magically winked its way from nothing into being; if you believe it unremarkable that one species, light-years beyond all others, has risen to control, for good or ill, its own destiny; if you believe "we're simply molecules" that randomly came together and just happened to be a quantum leap past all other coexisting life forms and also just happened to thrive on the planet where they just happened to appear; if you buy into such extraordinary "coincidence"; in short, if you believe there is no higher authority than yourself and no greater understanding than your own, then yes, nothing you do will ever really matter.

There are 7 billion and 46 million people in the world and we have the audacity to think we matter.
That the galaxy is so big. That all the collective time spent by everyone and everything we hold dear to us is just a blip in cosmic space time. We aren't special. We're simply molecules who formed the way they did in a way that made us the way we are. We're the universe experiencing itself, a minor ripple in the cosmic tempest that is the universe.
And one day, it'll all go dark. Does anything we do even matter? - WhenFangirlsAttack

Yes. Anything we can do to even slightly help others/each other matters. And partially Because of the perspective you wrote about. - Billyv

2 How would people react to my death?

In another post, you say "I love my parents." Obviously, you find they have real value to you, well beyond mere survival. They surely didn't earn that love without showing you how valuable you are to them. Would your family "mourn for days? " Yes---likely all the rest of their days. You are fixated on your end, when I'm thinking you're far closer to your beginning. Live and enjoy your life, and don't be so sure that this existence is all there is. We are much, much more than "dust in the wind."

Would my family mourn for days? Would my friends carry on like nothing happened? Would the other kids at school notice I'm gone forever? - WhenFangirlsAttack

Besides my loving family and friends, nobody would really care. - Catacorn

3 One day, all of my accomplishments and everything I worked for will not be recognized
4 It's the end of the day, and I've accomplished nothing

If it's a typical day, I go to class, probably paying half attention because I know the whole thing will be audio recorded anyways, get home, drink a cup of coffee, and do next to nothing until bed time. And time is going by so much quicker than it used to. Entire years are passing in the blink of an eye. Before I know it I'm going to be old, bald, fat, and worst of all, mediocre. Because I cannot motivate myself to care. - WhenFangirlsAttack

We never accomplish anything major everyday of our lives but we accomplish little things all the time; it's just that the tiniest of things are overlooked. - Britgirl

5 In a split second your whole life could change
6 What if this is all a dream and I am actually in a coma?

Sometimes, I hope I am and that all that I've seen in this world is just a figment of my mind. - WhenFangirlsAttack

7 The violence I could inflict and damage I could do if I really wanted to

There is an important consideration, here. Is this a thought in which you take pleasure? Or is it a nightmare scenario you fear would be beyond your control?

8 One day my parents will be gone. It could be tomorrow for all I know

I think about this quite often. My father has been smoking since he was 12 and is at a high risk of developing lung cancer. My mom works as a field worker, meaning back-breaking labor and afterwards she comes home to 7 kids. I love my parents and I hope they live for as long as possible, though it doesn't seem likely... - WhenFangirlsAttack

Every single day this is on my mind. I don't want to lose them ever. - Britgirl

WhenFangirlsAttack, really sorry to hear that. I will pray for them. I hope they are ok - TwilightKitsune

9 Does anyone actually care about me?

Just remember to count your blessings - TwilightKitsune

10 What if I wind up being the bad guy one day?

What if one day something occurs that twists me up so bad that all I want to do is bestow wrong to anyone I happen to dislike? - WhenFangirlsAttack

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1. We are just a small speck in the universe
2. How would people react to my death?
3. One day, all of my accomplishments and everything I worked for will not be recognized



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