Our discussion today about the myth of eternal return got me thinking about that God awful acronym "YOLO" (i.e. "you only live once"). I've been having to examine the deep, meaningful philosophy behind this phrase as it is the topic of one of my college essays: "What does #YOLO mean to you?" (Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is the kind of education that we will be paying $50,000+ for in a year's time.) Analyzing "YOLO" with Unbearable Lightness in mind, I see two possible interpretations. First, that life is fleeting - light - and, as such, you should take all the chances and risks possible in your short life. Second, that we have been given the gift of life and must take it seriously, leaving as great a mark on the world as possible - weight. I personally subscribe to the latter way of thinking; however, it seems to me that the former philosophy is a direct result of what Kundera names the "unbearable lightness of being." Does the popularity of YOLO-ideals spring from our inability to deal with our own transience?
So, my fellow classmates, I now ask you, "What does #YOLO mean to you?"