What is the meaning of life?
It’s an age old question. Some say that it’s different for everyone, some say it’s a Monty Python movie and, as Curley said to Mitch in the movie City Slickers, “It’s one thing…that you have to figure out.”
Out of these three possibilities, I would have to say that the first and third are the closest to the answer.
But these answers only address the perspective of what my life means to me, myself, and I. What about the bigger picture? What happens when we zoom out and look at our existence as a whole?
Every day, our actions touch the whole world. Literally! If we only interacted with one person all day, that person would go on to interact with someone else, and that person would then interact with another, and so on and so forth. Before long, that one interaction with that one person would have multiplied exponentially until the actions of every living person on Earth had an infinitely small fraction of influence from you as a result of your one interaction. So, the next time someone tells you that their actions won’t hurt anyone, you can explain to them why they’re wrong.
So, as you can see. The big picture is much bigger than oneself. Our lives are interwoven in so many ways that it is quite difficult, if not impossible, to predict. There are thinkers out there however, that are trying to do just that.
It’s human nature to want to know why we exist. The human quest to reinvent ourselves is never ending!
- We attempt to build spaceships to sustain humans for an extended period of time in space. We forget that we already live on the ultimate spacecraft. The Earth’s atmosphere protects us from harmful radiation emanating from space. We have a self-sustaining ecosystem which is presently flying through space while traveling at a rate that is near-light speed (we just don’t notice it since everything is relative).
- We are attempting to recreate the human brain. Why? We already have them.
- We are trying to create life in a laboratory. Why? Humans have been reproducing for generations upon generations without the help of a laboratory.
Like I said, it’s human nature to figure things out. The downside to this is that in our quest for knowledge, we also learn many creative ways to destroy ourselves.
We cannot play God. Their is only room for one God in His universe. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Him and understand that the meaning of life is to fulfill His plan, not ours. After all, everything belongs to Him. He made everything, including you, me, myself, and I.
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