Meaning is a Jumper That You Have to Knit Yourself


This is Viktor Frankl He was a neurologist and a psychiatrist he lived through the concentration camps of the Second World War He survived starvation slave labor watched countless people die You know what the concentration camps were we went all on it. Anyway, during that time he had a revelation which was, this: Humans are an animal driven by purpose, above all we strive for a sense of meaning in our lives And if we don’t get it we get extremely extremely sad and by the time I finished ranting at you today I hope you will agree with this, too For the longest time a good day for a human consisted of finding food, finding water, and not getting fucking eaten and even though Hunter-gatherers probably have more free time than we do chances are the focus of their lives was to stay alive Next, we developed a civilization and along came organized religion I’m not shitting on religion here believe whatever you like, but whether the notorious G.O.D does exist or not it arguably gave humans a purpose in the universe; we were special, we were loved (sometimes) and we actually meant something in the grand scheme of things Lately though things are getting a bit complicated If you’re listening to this there’s a very strong chance you will never live through a war directly, you will never experience prolonged starvation or have to worry about getting access to clean drinking water I say this not to guilt you But just to point out how much has changed for lots of us however, whereas before the purpose of one’s life was focused around not getting dead or Remembering to worship the God of your choice today lots of us have more time to think about life And we still don’t have an agreed sense of what we’re doing here There is a shadow in the background of modern life. It is best described as having enough food, Hopefully having enough money to live on, Not needing to worry about lions, And still being sure that some vital thing is missing And that missing thing Viktor Frankl argued is meaning. Frankl noticed that lots of his patients had the sensation of total meaninglessness in their lives He called this the existential vacuum When I got my cap I asked the vet: “What do cats need please?” And she said: “food, water and fuzz.” I give her these things and she seems as far as I can tell pretty cool with the whole arrangement At no point has she demanded to know the purpose of her existence or the correct interpretation of quantum mechanics It doesn’t seem that easy to satisfy humans though, because we are very very clever animals (with some exceptions) And oh look! It’s half-past-pop-psychology o’clock Maybe you know about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs it’s not accepted by everyone, but it’s a pretty good rough guide So we’re fairly sure humans need basic stuff first; food, water, sleep Then security and safety and no getting numbed by lions, yes Then belonging and love as in family intimate relations, Then self-esteem to be respected to be appreciated and then finally Self-actualization or becoming that thing one actually wants to be. Lots of humans it seems, are somewhere between here and here Hopefully lots of us are living in relative safety, and that’s grand But the general message of 21st century life for being self actualized at least in some parts of the world is Make-de-moneyz or buy lots of property or something and then you’ll miraculously be happy and fulfilled Well, nothing wrong with money or houses, But it seems pretty evidential that is not enough for purpose and happiness in itself A few recent studies hinted that having money does actually make you happier Unless you win the lottery, interestingly Then you’re probably fucked, link below. But there does seem to be a limit A Princeton study a while ago suggested that above about $75,000 dollars happiness and well-being doesn’t increase that much above a certain threshold of being able to support yourself and your family Most humans don’t get too much happier above that with money alone, So something else is required for happiness.. Happiness is one of the few things humans try to achieve for its own sake But there’s a problem with happiness Which is the most of us seem to behave thinking well when I bought, finished, driven, built, completed X I’ll just be happy forever and nothing will ever hurt again If you’ve ever tried being human you may have noticed that this is not how happiness works, ever Usually over a long enough period of time humans revert back to their baseline hedonic setpoint their default happiness position This is called the hedonic treadmill, and it’s a fundamental shit part of the human condition But what’s interesting is that there doesn’t seem to be a meaning treadmill in the same way For example: one of the most significant life events for lots of humans will be having more humans, eventually And parenting itself seems to start off feeling pretty cool But gets a bit fucking stressful for about 20 years and in those 20 years even though the euphoria dies off And many parents at times wish to eat their young the feeling of purpose does not die off This also appears to apply to long-term relationships that work, and professions people genuinely, actually, enjoy there may be difficult weeks or months But overall if it’s in line with what an individual actually wants, inherently Then the thing continues to be meaningful for a long time Possibly even for life. Meaning seems like a far more sustainable goal than happiness And according to what we know so far, if you have the first, the second often follows Even in hard times Years ago I had a shit temp job in an office And I spent the entire time being incompetent and fantasizing about getting out and my boss who was a nice lady Seemed genuinely happy filling in spreadsheets and playing solitaire when the big boss wasn’t looking and she was very clever So one day I asked her why she liked working there, And she said that when she was little she used the dream about working in an office and having a desk and going to the Coffee machine blah blah and now she was living the dream And I realized at that moment just how different humans’ motivations can be. If working there was in line with what she wanted to do, and she was happy doing it, Which she was, then who the hell was I to tell her otherwise? Unfortunately, humans are not cats and food and water and fuss just ain’t gonna Cut it most of us seem to want to be trying at something we enjoy But the spectrum of human enjoyment is so vast It’s ridiculous, so there’s not going to be some magical human science that says “Alright you fucks, everyone eat five creme eggs a day, learn the accordion, get a job as a telephone sanitizer and then you’ll find purpose in life” It’s something a lot more complicated than that And Victor Frankl’s position was that finding an individual sense of meaning is a journey the individual has to undertake alone Sometimes you come across people who are much older than you, but a still self-centered or compulsive liars or whatever? And it’s worrying because you assumed if you just live long enough your work shed out and stuff will be fine And here’s someone who lived a long time and somehow is still an awful person One day I was talking to a Buddhist nun about this, And she said “well obviously, you have to try it, being wise, or you’ll spend your whole life never growing, Meaning is a jumper that you have to knit, yourself.” that seemed quite clever and quite true. Oh ey uh.. Jumper is a sweater to those of you living in certain breakaway British territories. What what? Where we are now might be part of a huge experiment in human history Which is give some people miraculous technology give them education And mars bars and VR and see if that provides them with a purpose in life for some of them, lots of them, It doesn’t seem to The question then is “Yeah yeah, thanks for the technology and the education and everything, But life still feels empty on some level for some of us, and what the hell do we do now, please?” Every age has its trials; the existential vacuum might be ours, If you take away the constant threat of death, Purpose is given back to the individual and that’s bad and that’s good. if one actually pursues some individual sense of meaning whether it be in love or work or whatever That’s grant if not an entire lifetime can be spent and many have been spent doing nothing about it The game of life begins with you appearing on the outskirts of this huge dark forest You ask a few people what we’re all doing here, but no one, including your parents or teachers really has a clue Now you’re told that inside the forest is real life And if you go in you’ll have to do battle with all sorts of monsters like: loneliness, Everything feeling futile, shit jobs, people being vindictive, your own limitations, Not knowing what you inherently want, worrying about income, Worrying about disease, The death of people close to you, Universal human stuff, right? But facing up to it actually saying fuck you I’m gonna learn or make or become whatever it is We’ll just refuse to die on the inside despite living in a universe that is clearly not kind and where suffering is inevitable That might be the only way of achieving some sense of individual meaning What’s that Ray Bradbury line? Ask no guarantees, ask for no security that never was such an animal and if there were, it would be related to the great sloth Which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day sleeping its life away Just being alive in the first place is fucking ridiculous, And it’s amazing that most of us are even keeping it together, at all It’s one thing to get called into creation without being asked first, It’s an insult to injury to then be expected on top of that to work out what the hell you’re doing here in the first (second) place And I think there’s a pretty good chance that Viktor Frankl and a bunch of others have already shown us how to beat that problem Purpose seems to be personal, it comes from the inside from a sense of enjoying one’s work from living around people one actually loves from Striving to know even if only in a small human way for a short human time what we’re even doing here in the first place Individually, if not that then what the hell was the point in being here? And if that feels like a challenge, well that’s to be expected because everyone else is playing the same game Whether they admit it or not however much older however much more powerful they might be. What is it with these pricks one meets at parties sometimes who claims they’ve got it all worked out, Are you serious !? Have you even noticed where you are!? You’re finally just being called into creation are you? You’re all right with just popping down the shop for an ice-cream and pretending anything makes sense. Are you fucking kidding me!? Oh, yeah, welcome to existence; everything is confusing, the universe is actively hostile, And you don’t even know what the conditions for your own happiness are, Oh, by the way, you’re sentient meat standing on a living spaceship (!) Best of luck coming to terms with that one, Yeah Like getting very confused about all this isn’t entirely natural for literally everyone Like we have anything more here than just each other, No one knows what they’re doing Everybody shits and really, No one knows what they’re doing And that’s alright. That’s to be expected Knit your own meaning jumper if you can, lots of other humans did And it seemed to work out for them Cool, Rant over… Good luck with your fucking lives then oh What’s that? it’s the Prince of milf, that book I wrote ages go out as a paperback finally You can get it on Amazon if you want It’s a story about what happens when the gods misbehave Basically, it has a new cover a new introduction and you can actually hold it in your hands and shit Baiiiiiii

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77 thoughts on “Meaning is a Jumper That You Have to Knit Yourself”

  1. IceCube says:

    Thanks for bundling up all that chaotic happenings and thought in something understandable. It really helps following a chosen direction.
    Kinda off topic and not interesting for anyone: The Lake shown at 7:37 is called "Blaibacher See" and is located in Bavaria, Germany.
    Ironicly I just thought about the meaning of life while swimming across it a few days ago before watching this video. Funny how things can sometimes be put together 😉

  2. Dagan says:

    The Notorious G.O.D

  3. Jack Lost says:


  4. Caleb Impey says:

    I’m on holidays on a beach and I just can’t help but think that everyone has had the same thoughts, and it would be funny to rant the same rant on the beach 🏖

  5. Menno Lente says:

    9:08 Eeeeeeeeeverybody poops! 😀

  6. Reuben Hartikainen says:

    Fuck I love your voice, your videos are seriously beautiful!!!!!

  7. John Lennon says:

    1:18 Yo why is my f*cking high school in the background?

  8. Radio Nine says:

    live by a simple motto

    I have no idea what I'm doing and nobody can stop me

  9. Monster says:

    Fuck it, I'm starting my immortality project.

  10. Oliver Garcia says:

    I love this man

  11. 1004 0205 says:

    Prince of milk was written as “prince of milf” in the caption, what in the fuckery is this

  12. You can’t be serious says:

    None of us know anything at all 100% yet we think we do. We’re all insane. But Doritos are pretty tasty

  13. Krack-on Squid says:

    Should I try being human?

  14. MR Crash says:

    I only want money so my family never be hungry always have home and never suffer

  15. Geronimus says:

    thanks for the insite Mr galaxy tortoise

  16. Thomas Lichman says:

    I'm sorry but as an American I strongly disagree that we don't have to worry about imminent death. The threats maybe different now, but the threat of starvation, vagrancy, and crippling debt shape our everyday lives.

  17. Scorch428 says:

    Meaning is being happy and doing what you enjoy everyday.. Nothing else fucking matters…nothing.

  18. Gato Lector says:

    This is the best channel in YouTube

  19. imperfect equilibrium says:

    7:28 That's quite the response to a depressing world! Awesome.

  20. Roy H says:

    So inspiring! Thank you.

  21. Ricardo Marques says:

    It is really cool to know im not the only one going trough this. Thanks for the videos man,they really help

  22. Haiden Geary says:

    Going through the worst fucking period of my meaningless existence (part deux), and this shit is part of what helps me relax, oddly enough.

  23. MellowGoldFilms says:


  24. Munchie Mac says:

    To me existence is futile.. literally nothing brings me happiness

  25. Mercer Reaper says:

    every commercial I've gotten on one of your videos today has just been Christian recruitment tutorials.

  26. Pitou says:

    jokes on you, i can't have existential crisis if i kill myself today

  27. HouseofRecordsTacoma says:

    the existential dread is why 358 nays on this vid???

  28. Carts says:

    To be fair, 5 creme eggs a day does sound pretty good…

  29. TheBubbalubba12 says:

    I love this, Thank you great sir!

  30. FanBird says:

    Thanks for teaching me science that doesn't matter.

  31. The Nerd says:

    I don't know how to knit so I'm basically screwed

  32. Andrew Nesbitt says:

    I love your videos but I can't watch them otherwise I'll fall into a pit of existential dread and hopelessness

  33. Bob Quigley says:

    What is the purpose of a flower.. or flour… never mind

  34. luciferangelica says:

    yo, telephone sanitizers, as i'm sure we all know, are super important

  35. luciferangelica says:

    yeah, when you said jumper I thought you meant cover-alls

  36. luciferangelica says:

    ok, you've talked me into turning youtube off for a while

  37. Aldina Mapping says:

    watching your videos have changed me as a person and i thank you

  38. giannis maris says:

    Dude,the onlyreason I have the slightest mental stability is you and my friends.

  39. Michael says:

    Self actualization is actually pretty easy Just find the thing that you are most passionate about above all others and do that thing. For example my passion in life is chemistry. I do it at work, I do it at home, I do it in every free moment Ive got, and when Im not doing it I am reading about it. It's endlessly fascinating and never boring. A bad day doing chemistry is better than a good day doing pretty much anything else. You need to find the thing that you love like that and then just do that. That's all there is to it.

  40. Dominick Tidd says:

    Victor FrankLstien

  41. Christian Soldier says:

    7:59 vinn diesel statue

  42. ThePresident says:

    exurb1a are you Simon Whistler?

  43. Austin Wilson says:

    What do you do about those people who act like they do know what they are doing though…

  44. lollertoaster says:

    With this kinds of video, with this amount of views, there is a statistical certainty that at least one suicidal person watches this and gets better. That's a really nice thought to have. I think I'll keep it.

  45. KenAy Kay says:

    6:34 13 вересня? Такое слово существует ли вообще?

  46. Jessica Jameniz says:

    This video has a Rick and Morty vibe and I love it

  47. Dr. Ivo Robotnik says:

    my purpose in life is to make kind of shit scrambled eggs

  48. lone wrecche says:

    Did you just boil the Happiness Trap by Dr Russ Harris down into a 3 second sentence?

    You did, you fuckin' did !! I could have saved $30 .. damn it…

  49. Philip Anthropist says:

    Exurb1a you sneaky fuck. I swear you're the dude wearing all black from 4:43 – 5:16. Just my hypothesis

  50. Jon Dunmore says:

    Fuck life.

  51. Clulesskid says:

    Certain breakaway British territories.. You mean a certain nation that whooped some British ass.

  52. crabs apples apples says:

    what the cat thing flash of words say is

    to answer the inevitable question,
    The destroyer of worlds is not intimating a plant pot
    she's just recovering from a bit of surgery

  53. Grace says:



    Not jumper

    However I can't say that us calling them cookies makes sense since we bake them… But biscuits are like fine bread eaten with butter… They aren't crunchy… Ok you can kick me into interstellar space now if you'd like

  54. Britton Vickers says:

    After this video I feel like flying to England and buying you a beer 🍻

  55. Failbuoy says:

    Have you just changed the thumbnail? Why?

  56. joey bec says:

    Oh by the way, you're sentient meat standing on a living space ship.

  57. Alan Garland says:

    Eh what?, gerron, yer drunk or summit,
    Everybody knows it:s all about Brexit, innit?
    I men innit, innit?

  58. eLTIMIMI says:

    I watched 10 videos in a row and each video has a similar message and amazing inspiration!

  59. How to throw says:

    To answer the inevitable question, The Destroyer of Worlds isn't imitating a plant pot, she's just recovering from a but of surgery. She's amply fussed and is currently training for her participation in the No Giving a Fuck championship.


  60. patrick brooks says:

    I was feeling shitty and came to this video to hopefully feel better, instead, it just highlighted why I feel bad and that made me feel better and worse at the same time.

  61. • I am a Funny YouTuber lol says:

    Life is meaningful if u live a joyful life but for others not so much 😂

  62. meowzerz and me says:

    If you have issues with meaning try acid, shrooms or DMT

  63. Gringohuevon says:


  64. K. Cantrell says:

    Cat's don't need to know the meaning of quantum mechanics because they already know it. Also, "The Prince of Milk" was brilliant!

  65. Sai G says:

    1. Life is an experience which is created out of sensations (through the sense organs ) and memories ( spontaneous brain stuff or triggered by an external stimuli). This experience plays out on the canvas of dead and inert matter that we call body. Some experiences last for a few seconds ( like an orgasmic bliss or an itch ) whereas some play out longer, like an after effect of a happy news which can linger for days or a physical ailment that can last for months. But No experience – good or bad, lasts for ever. Eventually they all fade out. So does the experience called life. When that happens, we say death has overcome the body. This the natural order of the physical world.

    2. While this sensation called life lasts on the dead and inert matter, there is only one certainty. The certainty that “ I exist “. Apart from this damn certainty, anything you see, taste, smell, feel, hear, imagine or draw from memory are only second order derived knowledge ( shadow knowledge based on what your senses feed the brain and how the brain processes and projects what it has processed).

    3. Apart from the above said processing and projection, there is no way anyone can claim, with any level of certainty, that a physical world ( including the universe, the people who concur with you that the universe is a physical reality, your parents, your pet and even your body) does exist.

    4. The purpose of life, then, is to understand the freakishly low probability of such a thing happening, and the fucking fact that this has actually happened ( that’s why this experience is possible) and appreciate this every day miracle.

    5. To Ponder and contemplate on this true nature of reality which hides (in plain sight) beneath the substratum of every day appearance.

    6. To Ponder and contemplate on the true nature of self that is hiding (in plain sight) beneath the substratum of your body. Sorry there are no easy answers like “the true nature of self is soul, life-energy etc.” Don’t you dare strawman this with drop-in words which are nothing but a cowardly substitute for your original thinking done with honesty and integrity.

    7. Ponder and contemplate upon the relationship between the true nature of reality and the true nature of Self.

    8. That is the only fucking sweater ( or jumper whatever). Go fucking knit it.

    9. And don’t you dare judge the sloths (“who sleep their whole life”). They are fine the way they are.

  66. Nah Wrong says:

    I wanna be an astronaut. But before that I'm gonna race street bikes cause those are really cool go fast. Then I'm gonna go to mars.

  67. ahappyimago says:

    A lot of us still worry about money…

  68. TurtleO’Confusion says:

    Afraid I don’t know how to knit

  69. alaa nassif says:

    I am watching this and i have experienced war and struggled to live day to day life and i worry about access to everything but man i live your videos. We are always torn between absurdity and purpose. And it’s kind nice/sad that we are always as humans asking the same questions.

  70. Shifty says:

    Well I'm hungry so let's worry about that first

  71. Bort Stimpton says:

    the concept of a jumper is familiar to us colonials. We didn't skip sweater day at clothing college.

  72. Mr.Duck1 24 says:

    My routine: come home from school, eat ramen while watching exurb1a

  73. james bartlett says:

    Anybody else want to quit their job after this???

  74. Yacine Ait messaoud says:

    THE MAN'S search for MEANING – V.F

  75. musicisbrilliant says:

    'Sloth' is one of the 7 deadly sins, and sloths just sit around and sleep all day with a funny grin on their face. Sloths are going to hell! 😀

  76. Mad Masseur says:

    Can i get the stuff in order to make my meaning jumper?

  77. Billy Breakaho says:

    I half expected him to say, "And that missing thing, is Skillshare"… 1:33

  78. Overwhelmingly says:

    I can agree with you before even watching the video, because I've experienced it. Finding purpose and having it break away few months later shows you how important said purpose was (or at least the feeling of having one) and how its by far the only thing you need in life to get anywhere. I generally find the videos of this channel excellent, even hit the bell for the second time ever.

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