What is the “Meaning of Life”?
The question is a bit unclear/obscure
Words have meanings – they stand for things
Footprints mean someone was here – they are evidence
But, life doesn’t have meaningthese senses
If by “meaning” you mean “purpose,” then:
If there is a God, there’s a chance that life has a purpose, and so a meaning (God’s plan)
If there is no God, then LIFE HAS NO POINT, PURPOSE OR MEANING
But, regardless of whether LIFE AS A WHOLE has a Meaning, OUR LIVES can be MEANINGFUL
There may be no meaning to life,
But, we can sti in meaning life
Rather than ask about the aning of Life , let’s ask about the Meaningful Life.
What makes life meaningful?
Approach this question by asking what makes it meaningless
Paradigms of the Meaningless Life:
Lives life in hazy passivity, achieving nothing
Not unpleasant , but unconnected, going nowhere
Lives a life full of silly, decadent, useless activity The idle rich
The corporate executive
The pig farmer
Lives engaged in a project that ultimately fails
What can we learn from these three cases?
A MEANINGFUL LIFE will be:
Actively engaged (unlike the Blob)
And at least somewhat successful (unlike the Bankrupt)
In a project that has some positive value (unlike the Useless)
This is more than mere activity
The projects mustengage the person
She must embrace them, be proud of them, consider them to bsignificant
In Projects of Positive Value:
Projects are understood broadly to include, e.g. relationshi