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The Meaning of Life…
MId Week Musings #299
He paused a moment, then with the twinkle sparkling under those brambly eyebrows he replied: “In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. In all the confusions of today, with all our troubles… with politicians and people slinging the word fear around, all of us become discouraged… tempted to say this is the end, the finish. But life — it goes on. It always has. It always will. Don’t forget that.”
He then paused, and his face softened with a warm understanding smile. He added one more thought: “And take joy in it. Finding joy in life is what will sustain you through whatever storms may occur.” With a final nod he finished his words, and the room was filled with a shared sense of understanding and hope.
The Meaning of Life
Thinking about the meaning of life is simple and complex at the same time.
At its core, it is about living life to its fullest and taking joy in it. It is about understanding that life goes on no matter what and learning to accept and adapt to the changes life brings.
Life is also about creating meaningful relationships with others and making a meaningful contribution to the world around us.
We can find meaning in our lives by cultivating hope, perseverance, and faith.
Ultimately, the meaning of life is what we make of it. It is up to each of us to find our purpose, make a difference, and find joy in living.
Is there a meaning to life?
The meaning of life is a personal and philosophical question that has been debated by scholars and individuals for centuries.
Some may argue that the meaning of life is subjective and varies from person to person, while others may believe in a more objective purpose or destiny for humanity.
Ultimately, the answer to this question may lie in our individual experiences and beliefs. What matters most is how we choose to live our lives and the impact we make on the world around us.
Some Key Philosophers who spoke about the meaning of life
There have been many influential philosophers throughout history who have pondered the meaning of life.
Some of the most notable include:
1. Aristotle - Aristotle believed that the ultimate goal of life was to achieve eudaimonia, or a state of happiness and flourishing. He believed that this could be achieved through living a virtuous life and cultivating meaningful relationships with others.
2. Friedrich Nietzsche - Nietzsche believed that life did not inherently have a meaning, and that it was up to individuals to create their own values and purpose. He believed in the concept of the "will to power," or the idea that individuals should strive to achieve their full potential and overcome any obstacles in their path.
3. Jean-Paul Sartre - Sartre was an existentialist philosopher who believed that life had no inherent meaning or purpose, and that individuals were free to create their own meaning through their choices and actions.
4. Albert Camus - Camus was also an existentialist philosopher, but he believed that the absurdity of life - the fact that it has no inherent meaning - was a reason to embrace life fully and find joy in the present moment.
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