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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by Jovial, Nov 7, 2008.
I figure someone here must know.
The meaning of life constitutes a philosophical question concerning the purpose and significance of human existence. The concept can be expressed through a variety of related questions, such as Why are we here?, What's life all about? and What is the meaning of it all?. It has been the subject of much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history and there have been a large number of answers from many different cultural and ideological backgrounds.
The meaning of life is deeply mixed with the philosophical and religious conceptions of existence, consciousness, and happiness, and touches on many other issues, such as symbolic meaning, ontology, value, purpose, ethics, good and evil, free will, conceptions of God, the existence of God, the soul and the afterlife. Scientific contributions are more indirect; like by god or by describing the empirical facts about the universe, science provides some context and sets parameters for conversations on related topics.
So says Wikipedia :tongue:
Le duh...it's 42.
You are born, you live and then you die.
I'm not incredibly convinced that life must have "meaning," per se... but at least for me, the answer's in my signature: find ecstatic, wonderful, amazingly beautiful moments in the things you're passionate about. For me, primarily it's music, for others, it might be art, literature, quantum physics, football, gardening, oceanography... the list is endless.
But the bottom line is this: living without passion is boring! Find your passions and pursue them. :smile:
Make things better.
The meaning of life?
Playing the hand one is dealt.
I'll just tweak your nose and answer with a quote from a movie: "werp!"
Life means that you're not dead!
I once worked for a company whose semi-official motto was "Whoever has the most when the die, wins".
Scary thing was, some of them took it seriously.
No it is NOT the meaning of life, I think the meaning of life must be a big word, what's quite a little word
can be summed up in a very small work,"BE"
i believe the meaning of life is to simply be happy
oops type work instead of word, my bad typing.
My greatest fear is to not find out until it's too late.
I don't think that one works for a plant :wink:
Life has no inherent meaning.
Unless I'm wrong ...
Here is the answer to the question.
Only human beings ask this question, and, fittingly, only human beings have the capacity to invent meaning for their lives because only we can even begin to see existence in such a light.
Life has precisely the meaning with which you imbue it.
So look within... what feels meaningful to you?
Assume that all you get is this one brief moment to exist... the long eternity of nothing before you came will be followed by a long eternity of nothing when you leave....
Given that there is no reward... no forever after in which to pin your hopes of purpose...
What purpose would you choose to put ONE SINGLE LIFETIME'S worth of effort into?
I don't need life to have meaning... I create meaning... I define my purpose...
So stop waiting for it to be revealed and DECIDE what it will be.
Existentialism, essentially, Phil?