Your innate curiosity brought you here. Even though you’re probably skeptical, you still want to see if some stranger on the internet has finally found what you’re looking for: the meaning of life. Well, read on and let yourself decide whether or not the following meets your requirements for an adequate and acceptable meaning.
The other night, a few friends and I were sitting around arguing passionately about politics, life, and all that goes with it. This led my buddy Taylor to say, “I don’t know what my purpose is. I feel as though I need to be contributing some greater good to the world, but I don’t know how I can do that. If life is just about going to school, getting a degree, and then working and paying off debt until you retire or die, what’s the fucking point?”
And surely, we all have wondered what the reason for our own individual existence is. We look at great people like Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and Gandhi, and we see people who had a strong sense of why they were put on Earth. Sadly, they are the rarities, the stars that shine brighter than others, and the reason is because they looked at the world and saw what a rotten place it could be. However, they did not merely look at a sick world and dismiss it as incurable. No, with every calorie they could burn they mustered up an unwavering energy to shake people from their bubble of indifference and ignorance, telling them that we can find a cure to all our problems if only we avoid the trap of negativity and passionately work towards making Earth a better place to live and raise children.
By saying injustice or reprehensible behavior is just a part of human nature we in turn foster injustice and reprehensible behavior by accepting it rather than making the effort to prove true what we have said so proudly for so long: we are not animals. If we honestly believe we are one evolutionary step above lions, bears, and the rest of ‘em, then we must walk the Homosapien walk.
The meaning of life is not to spend it following unjust and unnecessary rules of a society that for so long has profited from the same injustice and reprehensible behavior that so many consider an innate part of humanity. It is not about following religious laws that were drawn up by men wearing prophet masks as a means to end the barbarism that was prevalent during humanity’s adolescence. Instead, it is to find something you love, something you are good at, and use that skill to better the world. That is the meaning of life because as far as we know, this life of ours might be the only one we get and to act in ways that make life harder for future generations is the greatest sin of all. To spend it blindly and obediently following in the footsteps of all the dim stars that eventually burned out is an awful waste of a great opportunity.
If you live a life where you do not harm others, and instead help when you can. If you strive towards making a positive impact on your community and your world, then you will have nothing to worry about if there is a God and an afterlife. After all, if there is a God and it is worth worshiping, it will not be offended if you didn’t attend church or kneel before your bed at night with folded hands, begging for things you can easily obtain yourself if you just make the commitment and have a genuine desire to improve your life conditions. So when people ask themselves, “What is the meaning of life?” you can confidently tell them it is not about being a good Christian or an obedient citizen, but a person who righteously resists and denies injustice and negativity in order to be a shining star that brightens Earth when it is dark.
written: Feb. 2009