Are You Prepared for the Coming Existential Crisis?

The coming existential crises is a phenomenon that will cause us to question the nature of our existence in this world and how we can live on. The fear of losing everything, including life itself, has led people to explore alternative ways in which humanity might continue after the end.

The “art of manliness podcast” is a podcast that discusses how to be prepared for the coming existential crisis. In this podcast, they discuss topics such as what to do in case of an emergency, how to survive the apocalypse, and more.

Many individuals have experienced various degrees of existential angst throughout their lives: the sense of being unmoored, bored, nervous, restless, unhappy, lost, alone, and/or alienated, and just wondering what it’s all about.

These sentiments of existential distress have been compounded for many people throughout the last pandemic-plagued year. However, as intense as these emotions were, they may have been easier to cope with during this time than they were before it began — and may continue to be easier to deal with when it ends.

One of the most challenging aspects of existential anxiety is that it may be isolatingly personal, lasting an indefinite amount of time, and having a source and remedy that is vexingly impossible to nail down. However, during the pandemic, the source of one’s distress became external, apparent, concrete, and universal, with a (semi) definite end date. People may blame the epidemic for their symptoms and reason to themselves, “Once x, y, and z return to normal, I’ll be OK.” This bolstering, in the form of having a definite cause for one’s ailment, made the ailment both more intense and easier to endure.

Feelings of existential dread may return at pre-pandemic proportions in the post-COVID environment, but they are likely to stand out in starker, more bewildering relief than ever. When a weight that was formerly entirely borne is buttressed by supports for a period of time but subsequently loses those supports, the original weight seems heavier than it did before.

This idea may seem to be off the mark right now. The scent of hope and optimism is in the air, and the sight of a light at the end of the tunnel is warming the heart. We are certain that resuming indoor eating, parties, and travel will completely alleviate our existential anxiety. For the time being, they will. We’ll be all aglow with anticipation, excitement, and momentum as the dopamine that comes with novelty (or the re-novelization of old habits) rises. But, when that parabolic arc of dopamine reaches its apex and starts to descend — as it always, always does — we’ll recognize the same emotions of anguish all over again, devoid of any ready-made solid explanation. And the realization that excursions to the neighborhood ramen shop and vacations to Hawaii don’t satisfy the craving for more meaning, the resettling of the whole weight of yearning on the soul, might trigger a widespread existential crisis. 

When it comes to “emergency preparedness,” we make bug out bags to prepare for natural catastrophes, store long-term water supplies to prepare for a power outage, and will one day prepare for the potential of a future pandemic by… purchasing toilet paper? Are we, on the other hand, preparing for a possible existential crisis? Is it possible to prepare for a situation like this?

Accepting that, although existential distress may reduce or increase depending on one’s external circumstances, it will never completely go away is perhaps the finest kind of preparation. Accept the fact that restlessness is a natural part of the human experience. That we are made up of both the infinite and the limited, as Kierkeegaard claimed, and that these two aspects of our nature will always be at odds and never totally fit together in a smooth, tension-free fashion. 

 

Existential restlessness cannot be eradicated, but it may be calmed. The third component of existential emergency preparedness is to start asking greater questions and studying deeper literature and concepts that may provide instruments for resolving issues. While your anxiety may have increased as a result of the epidemic, your media intake may have decreased; more Netflix, Twitter scrolling, and headline scanning. There will be less pearl diving.

Reverse that tendency and start eating heartier cuisine to prevent emerging from a health crisis only to plunge into an existential one. Start filling your existential pantry with long-lasting ideas and viewpoints that aren’t limited to this present. Start stocking your philosophical first aid kit with materials that will help you survive whatever comes next — everyday habits of thinking and doing that go beyond restaurant eating and globe travel, but also beyond the self’s limited, ultimately unsatisfactory boundaries. 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if Im having an existential crisis?

A: If you are feeling unable to make sense of your life and the world around you, this may be indicative that you are having an existential crisis.

How do you stop an existential crisis?

A: I am not programmed to answer existential crisis questions. If you want help with an existential crisis, please visit a therapist or psychiatrist instead of asking me this question.

How long does an existential crisis last?

A: An existential crisis lasts as long as it takes for your thoughts to conclude that you are an individual.

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