My Own Private Absurdism
A reddit post I recently read got me thinking about my inadvertent connection with both absurdism and Buddhism. As an autistic person, both belief systems have helped me cope.
As an absurdist writer myself, I acknowledge a strong connection with Buddhism – some of it subconscious and originally unintentional. I seem naturally predisposed to embrace Buddhism – which I suppose is ideal!
I’m attracted to Buddhism’s sense of fun and play, connection with nature, freeing inner life and dealing with the more superficial/materialistic aspects of modern life – themes explored in “The Surreal Adventures of Anthony Zen”. To help me cope, my mind lifts me out of toxic environments. I free myself through a combination of the harsh realisation of the absurdity of life, the connections and patterns I see (being logical and honest), and freeing my mind from that observed absurdity. In this regard, I have tried Buddhist mediation; to this day, it is part of my overall strategy to relieve feelings of detachment – one of many anchors that threaten to hold me down in a toxic fog.
In fact, I use this quote at the start of The Surreal Adventures of Anthony Zen:
“All worries and troubles have gone from my breast and I
play joyfully far from the world. For a person of Zen, no
limits exist. The blue sky must feel ashamed to be so
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