It is refreshing when someone calls out the big issues in life, as they are, rather than the accepted, standard response we are all expected to trot out on these occasions.
Evidently, extremely wise men and women have debated these issues. Valerie mentioned Camus and his meditations on the absurd. Having to face that absurd world, every day, with no real vocabulary to make sense of it at all, leaves me frazzled and fragmented. Despairing that things will ever improve.
So it is helpful to have someone say they face this absurdity in their life, too. Sometimes, I glimpse the misery on another's face, and think to myself:- 'What must they be going through in their lives', but here, this is a disempowered community, where there are lots of mental health issues and, being a radical feminist, lesbian, as you can imagine, my thoughts on life are not welcomed here. Simply talking a different language..
To just add that, people who proclaim or look as if they are happy, I smell 'bravado' on their breath, and they too, are equally as miserable but, for whatever reason, are as powerless to change their lives as those proclaiming despair. I sometimes wonder what on earth this planet is all about? It's purpose? God's design for it? Seems a preposterous thins to say but, God, He's a little bit insane, don't you think..?('The Scream...?'.