If you aren’t Absurd yet, then get to it, it’ll put everything in perspective. Thomas Nagel writes on this here, worth a read. Of course, the most well known exposition on the Absurd, is Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus, which really is a text that alters you.
It’s sobering | to slink down the spectrum
of the Absurd. “I’m gladdened with this renewal
of why that grabs my riding hand & snakes
me through the heaving traffic | no collision |
not a single slamming of brakes.”
Man the spirit-level like the TV remote.
Kick in the pelt till full of ligament & tissue
&… last of all | wad the patellar like shut clams.
Man of Life | go check the bacterial dredge
in your Petri-dish for kneaded growth…
…The people in my town | die &
are reincarnate as a bench overlooking
Scrabble® tile harvests | lamb bleated histories |
dyed through the wool stitched talk | men full
of pies | golden ale & bull-shit.
This form of metempsychosis is common
among the old who walked dogs to their graves.
If they had Ikhnaton or Nefertiti’s reach
they’d be entombed with their hound | to keep
them from a busted heart | embalming
the conscience clean