A life with no meaning...

"The Watchman"

I ran past the watchman. Then I was horrified, ran back again and said to the watchman:

"I ran through here while you were looking the other way."

The watchman gazed ahead and said nothing.

"I suppose I really oughtn't to have done it," I said.

The watchman still said nothing.

"Does your silence indicate permission to pass?"...

From: Parables and Paradoxes, Franz Kafka the nihilist