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The meaning of life

  1. BakerRambles profile image85
    BakerRamblesposted 5 years ago via iphone

    If you could give an explanation on what you thought the meaning of life is, or if it relates to certain philosophical ideals, or abides by a nations rules and regulations, how do you answer.  Is the question too vague, confusing?  How does the meaning of life relate to your own?

  2. Jonathan Janco profile image81
    Jonathan Jancoposted 5 years ago

    The meaning of life to me is the acceptance of love and the acquisition of knowledge. Beyond that, it varies day to day.

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    Home Girlposted 5 years ago

    May be I will find it one day, the meaning of my life...

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    Sherlock221bposted 5 years ago

    Well, according to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the meaning of life is "42."

  5. bill yon profile image43
    bill yonposted 5 years ago

    There is no true meaning to life, because everyones meaning is different. To me the meaning of life is happiness, love, friendship, family and being able to take care of everything that I have to. Remember this life is short here today gone tomorrow we  all must leave this earth so  it is best to live and enjoy yourself because oneday you will be gone.

  6. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    There is no meaning to life. Therefore you can make it mean anything you want. Or maybe that is the meaning of life.smile

  7. Lisa HW profile image82
    Lisa HWposted 5 years ago

    I see "all of life" (the big picture of life on Earth and in the Universe) as being driven by a built-in mechanism (physical, spiritual, whatever) to keep going on.

    I see my place in that big picture as a real, but very small, part of the overall picture.

    I see my my "responsibility" as that "very small part" to do something worthwhile in my own life, and do what I can to add to "whoever else's" life that I can.  I've found (maybe because it's very much in keeping with that "built-in mechanism" to add to, rather than take away from "all of life") that by trying to make the most of my own life, and trying to at least offer something to the rest of the world, I seem to thrive better myself.

    Within the context of the very small picture of my own life, I know that time on Earth is limited; and I think there's little point in trying to figure out whether there's any other "version" of life after this one ends.  I don't need to believe I was "sent here for a reason".  If that's the case, whatever.  I won't know while I'm here.  I just do my best at making the most of my own life, trying to be a "positive" in this world (as opposed to be a life-sucking "negative"), and that has to be it.  I'm fine with that. 

    I see life (regardless of its troubles) as a "gift" of sorts.  I didn't look at my newborn babies and think, "What is the meaning behind this gift of a child to me?"  I just saw them as a "gift" (regardless of whether I believe they're an accidental gift or sent from a higher power somewhere).  Sometimes you don't need to questions "gifts".  You just appreciate them, be worthy of them, and enjoy them.

    Since the beginning of time, there are been creature on this Earth who are, say, insects.  They have their life.  They feed their babies (however they happen to), and they die.  Considering their limited brain power, they've pretty much served their purpose and done their job. 

    We, on the other hand, have intellects and "hearts".  I see it as my own, and others', job to use both as best as I can; and use them not just for my own purposes, but in efforts to try to make a contribution in this world.  If I do that (even in only a small, seemingly insignificant, way), I'll have done my job and made the most of whatever purpose there may be to my life (in both the smaller and larger pictures).

    "Purpose" is different from "meaning", though.  When it comes to "meaning" I simply make it a point to see the meaning that already exists in my own, small, life and existence.

    If a person can be content with not really knowing his purpose (but trying to serve it in whatever way he can), and if he's able to see and/or find meaning within the context of his own, small, picture; I think there's a kind of contentment and happiness that makes it a whole lot easier to overlook all the "surface stuff" in life that can make us miserable.  hmm

    1. paradigmsearch profile image90
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      If this was my post, I'd already have deleted it and put it in a brand new hub. smile smile smile

    2. Internetwriter62 profile image86
      Internetwriter62posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Lisa I have to agree with paradigmsearch, your answer would make a fantastic Hub, it is very well thought out and written. I guess you were really feeling inspired tonight.

  8. Nordichuks profile image60
    Nordichuksposted 5 years ago

    @internetwriter, it appears he was being inspired, life to me is for the living.

    1. Internetwriter62 profile image86
      Internetwriter62posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I guess that depends on how each of us defines living. To me it takes on an eternal sense. As to this life I think everything is very temporal, no one can argue with the existence of death.