We are all hungry for meaning, for purpose, for the feeling that our life is worth more than the sum of its parts.
Humans are resourceful and have infinite ways of finding meaning, and infinite potential sources of meaning. You can find meaning in every scenario, every event, every occurrence, every context. You can find meaning in the sublime, in the absurd, in the dull and dreary, and in the perfectly wretched in life.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. – Viktor Frankl
Your attitude towards what happens to you is the source of meaning in your life. Wherever you find purpose and fulfillment is truly up to you. You tease out that which is the most important, the most life-giving, and the most significant. Within this soup of values, experiences, goals, and beliefs, you put together that which gives you the best sense of meaning in your life.
Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer. – Joseph Campbell
We evolved as Human beings a few million years ago on – on the Savana in Africa and we evolved to escape tigers, or lions, or predators. And so what makes common sense to us is the World on our scale.
You know, how to throw a rock or a spear or how to find a cave. And we didn’t evolved to understand quantum mechanics. And therefore, it’s not too surprising that on scales vastly different than the kind experience we had as we were evolving as a species, that nature seems strange and sometimes almost unfathomable, certainly violates our common sense – our sense of what is common sense in what is intuition.
But as I like to say the universe doesn’t care about our common sense. We have to force our ideas to conform to the evidence of reality rather the other way around. And if reality seem strange, that’s ok. In fact, that’s what makes science so wonderful. It expands our minds because it forces us to accept possibilities which in advance, we may never have thought was possible.
Now, you might think that should depress you, but I would argue that in fact it should embolden you, and provide you a different kind of consolation because if the universe doesn’t care about us and if we’re an accident in a remote corner of the universe, in some sense it makes us more precious.
The meaning in our lives is provided by us; we provide our own meaning. And we are here by accidents of evolution and the formation of prayers. And we should enjoy our brief moment in the sun. We should make the most of our brief moment in the sun, because this is all we have.
And even if we’re so rare that were the only life forms in the universe, which I doubt. That makes us in some sense while we’re more insignificant we’re more special.
We are endowed with a Consciousness again ask questions about the beginning of the universe and learn about the universe honest largest scales and experience everything that it means to be Human: music, art, literature, and science.
So for me, it should be spiritually uplifting that we’re not created with the purpose by someone who takes care of us like a mannequin or with strings determining everything. We determined our future and that makes our future more precious.