4 Ways To Find Hope And Meaning In A Fucked Up World

4 Ways To Find Hope And Meaning In A Fucked Up World

By Neal Martin/ September 27, 2015
Last Updated April 26, 2023
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One of the most eye opening documentary’s I have ever watched is one called The Corporation. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it in the video below.

I remember being shocked and astounded at the information in that film. Not that I thought big corporations were run by angels before then, but Jesus Christ, the cut throat and often immoral business practices outlined in that film were just a slap in the face to me, especially because it was all fucking true.

The biggest revelation revealed in that film is the psychology of a corporation itself. As it turns out, if a corporation were an actual person, then that person would be the worst kind of psychopath imaginable. Imagine an army of Patrick Bateman’s running the world and you will get some idea of the shit we are in.

What is even scarier is the fact that the individual does not matter in a corporation. The only thing that matters is the institution itself. Every individual within the organization is there to serve the faceless entity of the corporation itself.

Individuals within the organization may come and go, but the organization itself almost always remains intact. There have been cases where the corporation has been brought down, but these cases are rare. In most cases, the corporate entity remains to keep pushing its agenda in perpetuity, which effectively makes them untouchable.

When you create a corporation you create a rampaging monster whose only concern is maintaining the bottom line. That’s it. It’s only focus is take make money any which way it can, legally and very often illegally, and often at any cost, including that of human life.

The really scary thing about all this is that corporations run this world that we live in. To be more exact: our world is run by a conglomerate of faceless entities that no one is in control off because the corporations are far bigger than any individual or group of individuals.

To bring down a corporation it would take a mass organizing of the people into a focused attack on the entity or entities in question, and we all know that is never going to happen because those same faceless entities have made it impossible for anything like that to happen. Any uprising, if it really does pose a real threat, is quashed almost immediately. The rest are tolerated because they do not have the power to harm the monster in any significant way.

So where the hell am I going with all this? Besides depressing you, is there a point to me telling you any of this, much of which you probably already know, enlightened person that you are?

Well the point is this: in the face of such overwhelming power and control, how does a lowly individual living in a world dominated by faceless entities-by monsters-find any meaning or any real sense of purpose?

I ask this because my last article was all about my trip down the rabbit hole a few years back, a trip that ended up immersing me in the world of conspiracy theories. I mentioned in that article that I was left with a sense of hopelessness and bleakness in the face of such overwhelmingly grim information about the world we live in.

So how do you carry on when it just seems like the world is fucked?

Here are a few ways:

1. Accept That You Are Duty Bound As A Human Being To Find Purpose And Meaning Under Any Circumstances.

No matter who put us here in the first place, be it God or aliens or some other entity we have no inkling off, I don’t think we were put here to be pessimistic and fatalistic about our situations and life in general. Acting this way goes against the human spirit, I think.

Underneath all the ego and arrogance, beyond the sickness spread by the faceless entities that rule the world, the real human spirit is about hope and the belief that all is never lost, no matter what the circumstances. Anyone who does not believe that might as well kill themselves now, for what would be the point in living if you lived without hope?

Of course you can say that there are millions of people around the world living in dire circumstances, many of whom may have lost what little hope they felt in the first place. What about those people? Isn’t it a little arrogant to talk about hope when there are millions of people around the world who are starving, dying or living in dreadful conditions?

Maybe it is arrogant to say that, but I don’t mean to be. But what are the rest of us supposed to do? Abandon our own sense of hope? Stop living? No. You live your life and thank your lucky stars every day that you don’t have it as bad as some.

And also don’t assume that people worse of than you necessarily feel hopeless about things. In fact, some of the most optimistic and hopeful people in the world are those who are in or who have come from circumstances most other people would class as dire and intolerable.

People find a way to carry on.

Being from Northern Ireland, I spent the first two decades of my life living under the constant shadow of violence. Everyday, people got shot, blown up and beaten. The country was a police state. Soldiers walked the streets. It sounds bad, but it wasn’t that bad. People got used to it.

But that’s not my point. My point is that there always existed a sense of hope in Northern Ireland that things would get better, which of course they did eventually.

People also still found a way to add meaning and purpose to their lives, even under such bleak and constraining circumstances.

The ultimate example of finding hope and meaning under dire circumstances is to be found in Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search For Meaning. Victor Frankl survived a Nazi concentration camp and wrote about his experiences afterwards. He wrote that even with people dying all around him in the most horrible of ways, even with his own dreadful condition, he still managed to find a sense of real meaning in his unthinkable situation.

Despite the horror and suffering, he never lost hope.

It is in us as humans to be like that, to maintain hope and find meaning no matter what.

It can be argued that the world we live in is itself a giant concentration camp, but with people being controlled, manipulated and abused in a much more subtle way, and without many of them even knowing it. A pretty grim assertion, I’ll admit, but one with much evidence to back it up. It is it a reason to lose hope however?

No, it isn’t, because it is not your job as a human being to loose hope.

It is your job as a human being to be hopeful at all times.

2. Accept The World That You Live In.

The world is run by faceless entities that we have little or any power over. That’s a fact. Stamp your feet and say I’m perpetuating the attitude that individuals are impotent to change anything and that I’m just making it easier for the powers that be to keep controlling people. Say that if you want, but deep down, you know I’m telling the truth.

For years now, I’ve been hearing from people like David Icke and many other fringe commentators that the people of the world will eventually awake from their slumber and rise up against their oppressors, breaking the bonds of slavery and bladdy blah…


In theory, that all sounds great, but it is never going to happen. The only thing that happens is that the world keeps turning and things carry on as they are.

I mean, think about it. What are the odds that even a significant amount of people around the world will one day rise up? And rise up against what? Is this awakened tribe going to tear down the world? What then? What do we replace everything with?

Not one of these fucking mouthpieces have anything constructive to say on that. A few have these fantasy ideas of Utopian societies where everyone lives in peace and harmony, but that would just never work. Fucking anyone with half a brain knows that. It is pure idealism, and idealism is useless for rebuilding anything with. For that you need pragmatism, something which is sorely lacking in anything people like Icke or the numerous other social commentators have to say.

What these people don’t realize is that fundamentally, the world cannot be changed. Name me one person who has changed the world? I mean, really, totally changed it? And I don’t mean the guy who invented the internet, or fucking Steve Jobs. Those people never changed anything, not really. Everything is still the same. The world operates in the same way as it always has done, despite the internet and the fucking iPhone. The technology might change, but human beings don’t. We are the same and always will be the same.

For that reason, there will always be war, inequality, mass manipulation and every other fucked up thing that we do and always have done. Those things will never go away as long as human beings are in the world.

So what is the point in getting depressed over things are as inevitable as the fucking wind blowing?

There isn’t any point. The best thing you can do is to accept the world for what it is and stop wishing it were a different way because it never will be any different.

The best thing you can do is to focus on changing things on an individual level, to focus on making yourself a better person. That is all the power you really have. It’s all the power that any of us have.

The power to change ourselves. The power to live life on our own terms. As Victor Frankl says:

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.

Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

The last of human freedoms – the ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.

3. Look For The Meaning And Purpose In Your Own Life.

Instead of getting depressed about the state of the world, figure out how you can best live in it, how you can make the most of what you have been given. The best way to do that is to find your purpose in life.

I have talked often on this blog about the importance of purpose, and that’s because I really believe that a strong sense of purpose is essential to a meaningful life. Without it, your life will not hold much meaning, if any at all. You will also be left open to bad influences and self destructive behavior. Life will feel much harder than it needs to be.

I’m not saying everything will be rosy in your life when you find a purpose to dedicate yourself to, but you’ll feel a lot more fulfilled and positive about things when you do.

4. Just Live Your Fucking Life.

Yes, live your fucking life. Your life. Forget about all the bad shit happening around you. Accept that it can’t be changed.

I’ve no fucking idea as to why we were put on this planet in the first place and I accept that I will likely never know.

The only thing I do know is that each of us are here for only a short time and that it is much better to exist with hope and purpose than it is to exist feeling powerless and enslaved by big and scary outside forces.

In fact, if you feel that way, the biggest “fuck you” you can give those faceless cunts is to live your life anyway, and to live it the way you want to by taking control of your destiny and prevailing despite all the odds against you.

Start embracing your god/alien/whatever-given human spirit and at least make your world a better place to be in.

And who knows? Maybe that way, you can start to make the bigger world a better place to be in for everyone.

Read Victor Frankl’s words again. They hold the truth of our situations.

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.

Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

The last of human freedoms – the ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.

One response to “4 Ways To Find Hope And Meaning In A Fucked Up World”

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    Neal Martin

    Thanks Kathrin! I appreciate that 馃檪

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