The Meaning of Life

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    What is the meaning of life? And the meaning of your life in particular? Mankind has been wondering about that for a very long time. Many religions say that your life is pre-determined, whatever happens is God's will. Which may be, but some of those religions also say that we have choices to make, if and you make the wrong ones then salvation will not be yours. So, can we assume that you have at least some decisions over what your life means?

    Leaving aside the questions of religion and salvation, I do think each of us is responsible for deciding what the meaning of our lives is, and acting accordingly. A couple hundred years from now, who's going to know or care about us or what we did? That being so, what should we be concentrating on here and now?

    My opinion is that the meaning of our lives depends on the impact we've had on those we share our lives with. Making the world a better place for somebody, even one person, is not a bad place to start with. Not everyone agrees with this of course; many are more focused on self-enrichment or aggrandisement. Personally, I have no problem with this up to a point, improving your standard of living and that of your family is okay by me. So long as you are not doing so at the expense of others that is.

    The other thing is more of a self-actualization thing IMHO. Trying to make yourself into a better and smarter person is not a bad thing either. Nothing wrong with a little more wisdom. How you spend the time you have is the real meaning of your life; spend it wisely.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Can't you just imagine the telephone conversation with the engineer who miscalculated?

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    The Meaning of Life:
    To understand and appreciate the beauty in everything and every person around you, the interconnected design of all elements in harmony with the greater whole, and the love and good purpose in everything in the universe.
     
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    One of my favorite writers said it best. "You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life." Albert Camus

    The meaning of life is in living, it is not in some thing we can point to or experience now for tomorrow will be different. It is the journey and thus unknown. Some questions have no answer.
     
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    I'll let Joe speak for me

     
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    “Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people’s religion. And religion may, in a sense, be understood as popular misunderstanding of mythology.”

    Joseph Campbell
     
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    1) Of course

    2) Before I moved west, I used to visit the cemeteries where all my friends and family are buried. It was also part of a job I had for a while, but I did always like to visit for other reasons. Lost of people visit new graves. Give a few years, not so many people. A few more years, people like me would tidy uop just for something to do and to browse the lives that once graced this world.

    3) Your opinion is very close to mine. I am an amalgamation of all those I have been in contact with and who I have allowed to enter my world of perception .. good and bad, for better or worse. I always try to make the world around me better. I do it because it makes me feel better to see people's reactions and to be able to pay back what good has come my way.

    4) Carl Rogers

    5) You have no 5 but I do. It's a confession of sorts. I am and am not really Dante. This place is and is not real. I do believe we all have much more in common than most here would admit, but it makes perfect sense. Why? We found each other and now seek each other out. How fucking cool is that? (no cognitive dissonance with me because I know who I am and what this place really is)

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    Sometimes I think we want an answer and thus a solution. A pathway. It is the solution that is the problem for all good and evil can come from the solution. Maybe it is better if we just keep asking?

    A few months ago I lent this book to a neighbor, she died while In Cape May of a brain aneurysm. We never got to discuss meaning, but she died in a place she loved. [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Meaning-Life-Very-Short-Introduction/dp/0199532176/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8]The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction: Terry Eagleton: 9780199532179: Amazon.com: Books[/ame]


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    The Meaning of Life


    with or without interruptions ...

    does being beaten down make one a better person, would one be the same otherwise - is turmoil necessary in the meaning of life?
     
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