Anaïs Nin: Attitude to the “Outside World”

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Anaïs Nin: Attitude to the “Outside World”
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Painting by Jk McCormack
Created 28th September 2013
Posted Sunday 29th September 2013

Anaïs Nin
Attitude to the “Outside World”

“What makes people despair, is that they try
to find a universal meaning to the whole of
life, and then end up by saying it is absurd,
illogical, empty of meaning.

There is not one big, cosmic meaning for all,
there is only the meaning we each give to our
life, an individual meaning, an individual plot,
like an individual novel, a book for each person.

To seek a total unity is wrong. To give as much
meaning to one’s life as possible seems right to me.

For example, I am not committed to any of the
political movements which I find full of fanaticism
and injustice, but in the face of each human being, I
act democratically and humanly. I give each human
being his due.

I disregard class and possession. It is the value
of their spirit, of their human qualities I pay my
respect to, and to their needs as far as I am able
to fulfill them.

If all of us acted in unison as I act individually,
there would be no wars and no poverty. I have
made myself personally responsible for the fate
of every human being who has come my way.”

mirrors my reflection by j. kiley © jennifer kiley 2013

mirrors my reflection by jk mccormack © jennifer kiley 2013


4 thoughts on “Anaïs Nin: Attitude to the “Outside World”

    • Anais Nin is a very impressive person. I am enjoying going through and reading her diaries. They are filled with her wonderfully brilliant philosophy. I feel I am going to devote “A Writer’s Word” to her for awhile. I have much I have pulled which I find fascinating. I agree, what she has to say would inspire the loftiest of thinkers. She cares about life and living every moment. I find truth in her words which reflect my thoughts and give them voice. TY for your comment. Jk


    • No, you need to find your own. I think when we were children, the philosophical phenomena of meaning never occurred to us. We just lived. Unfortunate for some, not in great situations but we found our meaning in our imaginations and day dreaming. When we grew up, that’s when we began struggling to put some kind of meaning to our lives. Meaning seems really important. I know it is to me to have a sense of purpose. Or it really does become meaningless. To not have meaning feels too hopeless. One needs to believe in meaning in order to feel connected. Jk ps. Sorry, I haven’t answered your other comments. Have been sick for a few days. Will answer them later. 🙂 I think writing & art of whatever kind & having living beings furry, feathery & human is important to help giving one’s life meaning. Many other reasons help to give meaning, also. Good point, M. Jk 🙂


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