“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” ~Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
What is the meaning of life? More specifically, what is the meaning of YOUR life? How can we find out? Some might suggest that we pray to God (or, the “Gods” if you are Hindu) for an answer. But many have outgrown the idea of superstitions, such as God concepts. What can such a person do to try to live a meaningful life?
It seems like some, or maybe even most, have given-up on finding the answer. So then they resort to jokes, such as “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” suggesting that the answer to “what is the meaning of life” is 42. Or then there are funny films such as Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life.” So is there really any answer?
It turns out that if you look to philosophy, this was a HUGE burning question and it resulted in a new philosophy called “Existentialism.” A major theme of this philosophy is that YOU are to determine what meaning is for your life. “The meaning of your life” is not told to you; not from your Priest, parents, boss, or anyone. Just you. How radical and freeing is that? It is tremendous and life-changing once it is truly grasped. You now have the power to blaze your own trail. You don’t have to follow any path… unless you want to!
If you would like to discuss this with a local group, The Center for Philosophical Naturalism is meeting on this topic on Tue. Dec. 17. All details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl .
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