Searching for the Meaning of Life
A lot of people ponder every now and then on the meaning of life. People blow this question out of proportion, but it’s a subjective question that is actually pretty silly. Indeed we live and then we die. There is an in between however.
First, lets start with the word “meaning”. The word “meaning” is subjective, but intention is not. What I mean is that religiously, that question is interpretative because religion always ingrains “meaning” or “purpose” into things. Religion, by nature is a based on values of cause and effect. Consequences to actions and intentions behind every system on Earth. Based on science, however, humans and life just came to be through ideal conditions and uncontrollable processes.
Emotional satisfaction, whether short term or long term are honestly the “point” of life. Progressive satisfaction through growth is the most personally fulfilling thing. Just like for simple minded creatures like bears and lions, eating and sleeping is incredibly fulfilling.
Think about it, if we were all machines with no emotions, then there really wouldn’t be a meaning to life. It’s out emotions and ability to create and grow to sustain those emotions that gives our life meaning.
There are some people who don’t live under opportunistic conditions and just work to pay for food and a house just so they can repeat that their whole lives. That brings me to my next point. “Meaning” is a highly arbitrary word in this context and specific to the individual in question. To make our lives have any meaning, we must create it by setting goals and growing in that direction. Those steps towards our goals will give us a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, fulfillment and eventually joy.
As long as this is maintained throughout ones life, they can answer how fulfilling or “meaningful” their life was.
Just remember, without worthy goals, one has no direction so every direction is meaningless.