10 quotes that prove humanity is absurd

We live in contradiction. How we confront that fact matters.

  • Absurdism is the philosophical school that recognizes the tension between meaning and a meaningless universe.
  • Camus and Kierkegaard wrote extensively on the topic, though modern thinkers continue to contribute to the literature of the Absurd.
  • In a politically divided time, the Absurd has come to the forefront of national discussion.
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The surprising link between sunshine and suicide

Lengthening daylight isn't necessarily good news where mental health is concerned.

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Millions of Americans have had suicidal thoughts because of politics, Nebraska researchers say

A new study shows that nearly 40 percent of Americans report being stressed out by U.S. politics.

  • The study, published in PLOS One, is based on a YouGov survey of 800 Americans.
  • The results showed that, because of politics, approximately: 4 percent had considered suicide and about 20 percent have had friendships damaged.
  • The researchers said it's important to better understand how politics are affecting our mental, physical, and social health.
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Why we mustn’t forget the effects of climate change on mental health

Suicide rates in Puerto Rico have risen by a third since Hurricane Maria.

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When Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, it didn't just flatten houses and flood hospitals – it plunged the island into a darkness that many islanders have yet to emerge from, both literally and metaphorically.

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  • A new study by University of Texas Medical Branch researchers states that gun access, not mental health, leads to gun violence.
  • The team discovered that mental illness and personality traits are not reliable indicators of gun violence.
  • This line of research could have important implications for legislation and rehabilitation.
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