The Meaning of Life
edited: Sunday, January 13, 2013
By R David Fulcher
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
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Summary: What is the meaning of life?
What is the meaning of life? Many schools of thought exist which attempt to answer this question. The soldier would have us believe that the meaning of life is to die gloriously in battle. Theologians suggest that a meaningful life is one that is viewed as righteous and good in the eyes of God. Some, like the fisherman, believe that it is something far more elemental than any of these things. He finds meaning in the sunrise and gentle movements of the sea. He studies the moon and the sky to predict the weather, and in doing so begins to understand the rhythms of nature. The fisherman may not understand what he is learning, but something deep within his soul drives him towards the answers. He has a head start on the soldier, the priest and the politician who look for meaning in the wrong places.
The meaning of life is found through observation. Life surrounds us, in the sky, the sea, and the earth. We must remove our blinders and watch it run its course. The Romantic poet John Keats had the right idea, studying the nightingale and the "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.". The great poets were observers. They had a head start like the fisherman. Those who really yearn to decipher the answers to life's questions will become observers in every sense of the word. They will sit on a tree stump day in and day out and watch the curious creatures go about their business, until the creatures are no longer curious and the observer is as much a part of the woods as the stump itself, as described in Robert Frost's poem "Afield at Dusk":
"And rising full moon, sit me down
Upon the full moon's side of the first haycock
And lose myself amid so many alike."
But the observer's job does not end there. The observer must understand the importance of the cycles, the seasons, the day and night, the crescent moon and the harvest moon. Only then, when the observer has become an observer of cycles, has he truly observed.
The meaning of life is manifold, perhaps never to be fully comprehended by man. But the fact that century after century mankind searches for the answers to life's questions says something in itself, perhaps that we as human beings were brought into existence simply to ask this question, and sit on a tree stump listening for an answer.
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|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Your take on the, “Meaning of Life,” is a perspective shared going back thousands of years to the Greeks and other poets and dreamers. As such your perspective is very human centric and right brained. This approach appeals very much to humans who are naturally egocentric and think primarily based on religion, societal mores, and myth.
On the other hand, I have always taken a different view, perhaps because I'm rather left brained and find that much of human ills (tragic blunders, wars, misconceptions about almost everything) can be attributed to our egocentric right brains. I remember writing an essay in the eighth grade about the origin of life and receiving a good grade for it and praises from my English teacher.
To me the meaning of life is very simple. First, it is to survive. In order to survive, one must have food and water. All living creatures, including viruses and bacteria, need food and water to survive. They then must survive to reproduction. The second meaning to life is to procreate. That is simply to have offspring. Without offspring life dies because all living things have a finite life span.
This simple truth of surviving until one can have offspring is the meaning of life. Unfortunately, that is what most humans do. Nothing more. However, scientists, philosophers, poets and dreamers, give more meaning to life than that. And that is the essence of your article here, not the one that I subscribe to.
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