Deep thinkers catch a bad wrap. Take it from me. I studied under some of the world's most renowned modern philosophers in college. Yet, upon sharing my decision to officially study the fine art of thinking, I was not exactly comforted by others.
An English professor responded by asking me if I planned to sit on a log and think my whole life. My Dad merely asked me if I planned on also minoring in "bong."
And yes, I was thoroughly warned of the oh-so-original question that all philosophy majors are apparently left asking after graduation, once, twice or seventy times..."But WHY would you like fries with that?"
The thing is, I did plan on thinking my entire life. And while I didn't officially minor in "bong," I still feel that I, at least, deserved some type of honorable mention for my efforts.
But the truth is, underneath the triviality of our functional day-to-day thought processes, we're all philosophers. When we aren't engaging in the surface level thinking that modern life requires in order to be a semi-functioning human being, we all find ourselves pondering the same philosophical questions of existence, meaning, morality, and logic.
So when a Reddit post posed the question, "What concept f*cks you up the most?," I knew that commenters wouldn't disappoint in their responses.
In fact, they far exceeded my expectations. By exposing the common concepts that we all existentially wrestle with at one time or another, these comments remind us all just how many ideas mess with our heads when we really stop to think about them.
Without further ado, allow the madness of these modern minds to both bewilder and enlighten you.
The social media philosophers were quick to delve into profound philosophical questions involving life and death, space and time, issues of identity and existence, and cause and effect theory.
Commenters did not hold back when it came to sharing thoughts that mess with their minds... and their hearts, from time to time.
Commenter Rootkit9208 wasted no time, diving headfirst into the thread’s emotional deep end when he paused to ponder this inexplicable fact of life.
If I get married and stay married, then I will someday bury my wife. If I don’t, she will bury me.
The sadness of either of these things is horrible.
His comment exposes the inevitable loss we all sign up for each time we invite happiness into our lives… and the irony that is inherent in this harsh reality.
He also made a ton of people hella depressed.
Now that we've established that all happiness inevitably ends in pain, let's take a moment to reflect.
“I love the positive vibe here,” writes PapaEmiritus.
I know I’m feeling hopeful.
The comments continue to offer each of us a long, hard look in the mirror.