Finding Life’s Meaning, Whatever That May Mean

Perhaps the biggest question mankind faces is, “What is the meaning of life?” Scores of great minds and anthologies of literature from across cultures and time have tried to answer that question. I have been thinking about it a lot in light of recent circumstances. I realize I usually write on some aspect of holistic wellness and give you some solid research and my own analysis of it. This post has a more personal tone. Take a walk with me for a bit.

This may not be a good way to start, but I don’t know the answer to that all-important question. I’ve read the philosophers, the theologians and many other books on the subject. I’ve spent a significant amount of time in somber contemplation trying to search for why I should continue on. I don’t know if anyone has the one right answer. Life is filled with grave tragedies and horrible wrongs. This can destroy everything you think (or at least tried) you knew.

Things just simply are. No reason, no cause, no specific purpose. Just are. I might get some critique from certain schools of thought, but this is a question worth being skeptical with.

I encourage you to ask questions, seek answers, doubt, argue, and fight. Regardless of the path you forge, I urge you to not just sit there and ignore it and hope for the best.

As a man, it is my intent to do what I think is best, even if every other man around me disagrees. You might be facing the same issue. Trust yourself. Seek wise counsel of course, but only from the most trusted, well-researched sources. Not everyone in helping professions cares or wants to help at all.

My hope is that whoever reads this realizes that they are situations out there that are ruining people. Just listen and completely place yourself in their situation and walk through it with them. That is the only way. Do not base your response on popular belief, tradition, culture, or what you were taught growing up or any other source that is majorly fallible. Respond in genuine concern for a fellow human being. A fellow human being whose situation you might have or could find yourself in.

The sad universal truth is that humans do some very horrible things to one another. They lie, cheat, use and abuse one another for selfish gain. Perhaps, the meaning of life is to put that to a stop…even if it means it saved one 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

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