What we're about

Maybe asking about the meaning of life is not even the right question. How about, what is the good life? What should we do? Who am I? What is this? Basically, any sort of question that occurs to you and you respond with:

“Wait. What?” and then you lie awake for several hours.

So I started this meetup because people who like to think and talk about this type of stuff are the people I want to hang out with. I am hoping others feel the same way. We can get together and fathom the mysteries.

I don’t have answers. What a satisfactory answer would even look like is one of the mysteries.

Philosophy? Psychology? Religions east and west? Perhaps something more specific? Maybe creativity, happiness, transcendence, freedom, relaxation, satisfaction, enthusiasms, authenticity, art, music, poetry, literature, nihilism, existentialism, 42, hedonism, love, lust, beauty, or a really good cup of coffee? We have all read a bunch a books and surfed a bunch of websites. It should be fun to swap sources as well as commiserate over the fact that the meaning of life cannot be found in a book.

Maybe the last time you got to really talk about this was in college? Or not even. Maybe in therapy? Or not even. Maybe you lie in bed at night and wonder if other people think like you do. Is everyone else also hanging on by the thinnest of threads and making it up as they go?

Midlife Crisis
Quarterlife Crisis
Just Plain Ordinary Life Crisis (the dreaded JPOLC)

The enterprise will be sincere if not serious. You have to keep a sense of humor about it, because heavy stuff can kill you (lift with your legs, not your back). Conversation will be respectful with reverence for intelligence and credibility. This is not a religion or cult or therapy. Remember that if you are a crackpot, well that just makes everyone else uncomfortable.

Will there be alcohol at the meetups? Probably sometimes. Will there be snacks? I told you I don’t have answers.

This is me. Thomas K. Skeptical, cynical, and casually individualistic. Mostly Buddhist with existentialist overtones. Vaguely melancholic. Smarter than I look (I would have to be really). Overeducated: B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Entrepreneur, economist, photographer.

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” -- U2
“Wouldn’t it be nice?” – Beach Boys
“What about everything?” -- Carbon Leaf

Welcome. I look forward to meeting everyone soon.

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The meaning of life in FIVE words. Chapter 21

My office rooms.

I know what you’re thinking. We JUST did that pithy word thing. But you would be wrong, utterly wrong, objectively and completely wrong. That was November (eons ago). And AND it was 30 words or less, plus I think there were haikus composed on the fly at that meetup. 30 words? No one has that kind of time or attention span. And haikus, you know you have to read them to yourself and count (math!) syllables (SYLLABLES! ugh) on your fingers. So, for 2019, we are going streamlined. Out with the dead weight. 5 words. Be creative. Make it tangentially (fancy word, that) related to the meaning of life. Compose your own or blatantly steal from others. Examples: Well that was pretty inconvenient. “Enjoy the passage of time.” – James Taylor Life was light on desserts. Frankly, it was a disappointment. “Orange whip? Three orange whips.” –Guess the quote What is your deal, $#&@er? Then bring your geniusness to the meetup. As always, there are absolutely no prizes. But if you make everyone laugh, you get that warm glow that temporarily dispels the cloying, dank, morbid gloom that usually envelops reality. So you got that going for you, which is nice. The usual time and place. I will have water, ice, spirits, soda. Snacks vary with my mood. You may bring what you like.

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Lightening up in the Darkness: Music Edition. Chapter 20.

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