What is the meaning of life?

Finding the meaning of life

Finding the meaning of life

This is a question, perhaps as a consequence of turning 50, I’ve given some thought to recently. It’s certainly not for the faint hearted: immerse yourself in the mental gymnastics required to grasp this question, if indeed it is one, and you may find yourself with more questions than answers.

This is exactly what I did flying from the East Coast of the United States back to Australia; three flights and north of 30 hours to keep my mind occupied, save watching all three ‘Indispensables’ movies, which clearly proves nothing is forever, especially action heroes.

So where does that leave us with the question?

Perhaps it’s not a question at all, but a rhetorical statement. It may also be possible that there is an answer but we’ll never know what it is. Perhaps that’s the point. Conversely, it may be hiding in plain sight, so obvious that we dismiss it out of hand, preferring to find a deep spiritual revelation that will set off a cosmic buzzer when we stumble across true meaning.

What if the true meaning of life is meaningless? And what if this is too terrible a concept for us to cope with, requiring consoling illusions of our own creation so we can ‘stay calm and carry on’?

Our concept of life may be nothing more than a necessary fiction. Without a huge admix of fantasy, reality might grind to a halt.

Would it be so bad if there was no purpose, and no next … and how would that change our lives? Do we need to create meaning where none exists? Do we look outwards to our God or inwards to our soul? Or is this the same thing?

See, I told you about that whole more questions thing! In future posts we’ll unroll the cosmic carpet and see what the pattern tells us.


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