Me: That’s an interesting question. According to Joshua Foa Dienstag in Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit, “Freud describes consciousness as the detour an unconscious wish takes on the way to its satisfaction, and life as a detour from death to death. From this perspective, it is not really surprising that our experience is dominated by unhappiness. Our situation is out-of-joint with the universe to begin with. We cannot hope to set it right—we can only await the release from this predicament provided by death.”
Cashier: That’s great, sir, but all I asked was do you want paper or plastic.