"Had she been Queen of the Universe for a million years and witnessed glory after glory, what would it have mattered now that she had come to this?"
It occurs to me today that perhaps the proper antidote to the Existenial Outlook i.e. the view, probably correct, for whatever correctness is worth, that life is a designless, purposeless, generally mostly painful grand cosmic joke is to regard life instead as an opportunity. Specifically, a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime (once forever, for all time, actually) opportunity to do things that are either:
- Fun; or
(where useful = helpful to all of humankind or just at least one or more specific humans) or both.
Also incidentally, the best thing I've ever written on this topic (and you can delete the "on this topic" bit; and also, really, anyway, everything I write is on this topic one way or another) is this short story