Meaning of Meaning (dont drive yourself crazy with this btw its not worth it)
Yo guys, tell me why u think people are so obsessed with the ‘meaning of life’. I think it has not a lot to do with rationality and more emotions. Check out this link on existential meaning: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/CY-MEAN.html&h=9AQHI52Nz
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@richard <3explore, i FUCKING LOVE YOUR AVATAR. thats my desktop background. <3 flaming lips.
now, humans are obsessed with the "meaning of life" because they are self-aware beings. ill try to explain this. There was once a caveman, and he looked into a pool of water, and he saw his reflection. When he saw it he realized it was him, and at that moment he realized that he was alive, that he had been born, and that he would die. And he became overwhelmed by the enormity of this knowledge. He began to search for something that would give him a reason to go on, while the knowledge of his inevitable death loomed ahead of him. It was at this point in their evolution that humans felt the need to invent religions, to give a reason for their existance, to give them a reason to go on.
@Ray Butler, I guess I’ve joined not to be heard, but to listen! I’ve never talked people with such broad and passionate opinions on topics such as this, (sadly enough), and it interests me enough to step back and listen to other peoples views, I’m here to expand! I will certainly throw my ideas out, I was just weary if anybody would throw back harder and more wiser[?] on the topic- I’m still finding what I believe in!
The meaning for most is to be born; live; die. But I think the reason we are alive is because we are part of a bigger life, thus being we are not truly alive for ourselves, and that the meaning of life for us is to keep balance of other life- as contradictive as it may seem, that is my philosophy and that the reasons we believe the meaning of our life must be personal to the human race, is because of our expanding consiousness, spiritualism, faith and religeons. But.. as valid as I find all of my philosophy, I believe that all is nothing, I’m unsure on everything I believe, but I guess I like being unsure and love thinking through our meaning of life, I don’t know why every one else is obsessed with having meaning though, maybe some are the same?
@Nikki Helen, yeppers. Was dealing with this in school this week. Was asked what “sense of purpose” meant to me (and classmates). It is a much simpler concept and also can be a temporary situation rather than trying to swallow the whole enchilada of Life itself.
I guess I kinda agree with what Tits said. People feel the need to find something to devote their lives too. That could be an ingrown trait, or a cultured trait, but it’s how most people feel. The thing they miss though, is you dont find something to devote your life to, you create something. Life is what you make of it.
Yes, in the bigger picture, our lives are meaningless. UNLESS WE GIVE THEM MEANING. (I had a good quote to put here, and I knew it was from the movie Troy, so I went to look up quotes from there and now forgot it…. there are some good quotes from that movie :P Pretty sure it was this) “Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?” and it paired with the quote from Achillies “I want what all men want, I just want it more” when asked why he fought.
What I’m trying to say with those quotes is, if you want your actions and your memory to continue after you’re gone, then you better make it. Make your life have impact, have meaning. Touch the lives of others so they will remember you. Touch the lives of millions so you will never be forgotten.
Our lives are meaningless in the long run. But in the short run, in the present, they (our lives) and our actions have huge amounts of meaning. Everything we do affects who we are and shapes us, and how we are remembered. If we want our lives to have meaning, we have to make our days have meaning. There is no sense in searching for a meaning to life, there is none. Unless you make one.
(I feel like I rambled a bit there… I hope you understand what I mean.)