Life is an absurd, existential dilemma. The meaning of life isn’t written on a stone tablet. There’s no way to verify it. We don’t know what caused the Big Bang. There’s no way to know whether or not God exists. There’s no way to know if there’s a soul or an afterlife. There’s no way to know the true difference between right and wrong or if there even is one. Granted, we can devise brilliantly logical answers around each of these questions, but in the end they can only ever be theories because they can’t be empirically proven.
This is the reality you were born into, and the fact that we don’t have answers to these questions affects your life. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say it defines your life. Ask yourself, what are you doing with your life, and what are you planning on doing with the rest of it? Ask yourself those questions. Then take your answers and ask, why? When you answer that question, ask yourself why again. Keep asking yourself why until you can’t anymore. Your answers will define what you’re doing and what you will do with your short, irreplaceable, infinitely rare life.
Study your answers long and hard, because the more logical and premeditated they are the more purpose your life will have. Understand what I mean by “purpose” though. Forget about the philosophical question of the meaning of life for now. Put aside the question of why you exist and what you should be doing with your life from a cosmic perspective. What are you doing with your life? Regardless of whether or not you’re fulfilling the one true philosophical meaning of life, do you feel fulfilled on a personal level by what you’re doing ?
Actually, maybe we should back up for a minute. Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Why do you go on living? Is it because you’re working towards a goal that’s meaningful to you or are you just surviving out of habit or because you don’t want to die? Do you even have any personal goals are are you letting the tides of society determine how you spend your days?
Here’s why this matters. If you haven’t identified at least one goal that is meaningful to you and aren’t actively working on accomplishing it then you won’t feel fulfilled. You won’t feel like your life has meaning on a personal level. You might still believe on an intellectual level that life has value, but if you’re not doing what you value most then this should make you feel even greater existential despair since you’re then wasting the value of your life by not doing what you want to do.
In short, the question, “Why are we here?” is really asking two things: How did we get here, and what should we do now that we’re here? Unfortunately, we can’t answer either of those questions. However, you should still be accomplishing whatever goals you have chosen to find personally fulfilling, because by working on accomplishing those goals you will give your life a purpose that is real to you.
However you felt about this post, you’ll probably feel the same way about these:
- Why: An Agnostic Perspective on the Meaning of Life (Free Ebook)
- An Old Man From Jersey Explains Life (Free Ebook)
- It’s okay to be lost
- The value of life
- Reality is amazing
- The cosmic perspective
- The relationship between sanity, reality, truth, religion and science
- Enlightenment Through Logic
- The Map of Everything
- The prime prerogative
- The value of knowledge
- The danger in telling people life has no meaning
- Reading for truth
- 11 ways mainstream academic philosophy has come to resemble religion
- Deep thoughts by the wise janitor
- A biker looks at social conformity
- A biker looks at bad weather
- A biker looks at the road
- A biker explains why we ride
- A biker wonders again why he rides
- A biker looks at crying
- Ethics without religion -you’re already doing it
- My secular theory on ethics
- Another attempt at explaining my secular theory on ethics
- Reasons to be kind outside of religion
- Karma ghosts
- The non-believers’ 7 deadly sins
- My theory on sexual morality
- Demonizing pleasure is a failed experiment
- Cost/benefit analysis of hedonism
- Should you let friends borrow money?
- Why and when you should have a problem with authority
- Why it’s bad to be conceited
- Self-subjugation is not a virtue
- No action is an island
- The Tao of Booze
- The drug talk
- Why you should be sober
- 6 accurate and 6 inaccurate ways to judge people
- 8 steps to becoming a genius
- My approach to thinking/problem solving
- The science of thought
- Your ability to think obligates you to
- How to think critically
- How to solve a problem using a team
Atheism and Agnosticism
- Agnostic nihilism
- Agnostic atheism
- Do agnostics fear death?
- An agnostic theory on why God is so cruel
- An agnostic take on God
- An agnostic take on Pascal’s Wager
- An agnostic take on intelligent design
- So you don’t believe in God. What do you do now?
- Should reason be considered a legal religion?
- Reason vs faith: part 1, part 2
- Predictions on the New Atheist movement
- Meta Atheists V.S. Pop Atheists