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Old 2021-10-12, 18:06   #1
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What is the meaning of life for you?

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Try to express it in just three words...

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Old 2021-10-12, 18:30   #2
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Life lacks meaning.
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Life lacks meaning.
Then nothing makes sense.
But this is a banal and uninteresting answer.

The meaning of my life once opened to me.
Maybe there are still people here who can say the same thing and somehow express it.
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If I'd be able to afford more than three words... Does life really need meaning?

The German equivalent of this question would be "Der Sinn des Lebens", this does unfortunately not translate literally to the same in English (purpose or also point of life). I have thought about that version somewhat more.

But still, biologically speaking and partly also in a lot of religions, life is for reproducing.

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I intentionally do not explain the question, thereby allowing everyone to express what is more valuable to them.
If reproduction is the meaning of life, then the life of Newton or Tesla is meaningless :)

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What is the meaning of life for you?

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Try to express it in just three words...
My goodness, three words?!?

Let me try: "Well, it depends..."

If you want to know, why the heck do we even exist, and why we always keep trying to live to another day, instead of just giving up, there is no known reason. And I think it can not be known, why does the universe (and anything) exist - I'm an agnostic. If we ignore any reasons for the existence of this universe, and we think about the reasons inside the universe, then I agree with Oliver, life lacks meaning. Anything we do on our tiny piece of rock in the cosmic void will be pointless and forgotten after enough time. Even if we successfully became a Type III civilisation, i.e. controlled the energy of our entire galaxy, there would still be a huge number of other galaxies very far away, that wouldn't be affected by us in any way. It would be like playing a game with infinitely many levels, fun for a while, but incredibly meaningless in the long run. It reminds me of the businessman from The Little Prince, who spends all his time endlessly counting and cataloguing stars.

But if you limit yourself to our social existence, then I support the opinion "Nothing in life has any meaning except the meaning we give it.", which IMO means you decide why you do things you do. In the big picture, it's pointless to search for big primes... but we like to do it because it's our hobby and passion and it makes us happy and excited.

Because anything is meaningless in the eternal point of view, the limited length of life is what makes it special, and gives it meaning. What we do now makes difference to the world around us, and to some extent matters even after we die.
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Do we not leave an echo in the Universe with every step, word and thought that will sound forever?

I will formulate another close question - what do you consider the most valuable for you personally and for each of us or all of us together?
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I intentionally do not explain the question, thereby allowing everyone to express what is more valuable to them.
If reproduction is the meaning of life, then the life of Newton or Tesla is meaningless :)
Ah! If you would change the question to "What is the meaning of the life of yourself/somebody specific", we could have an entirely different discussion. I know what I've done in my life (up to a point) and what of this can be relevant to others and the future (likely nothing or a small fraction).

I definitely gave bad advise to others. But there was also good, so I would assume I have at least worsened one person's life and improved one person's life.

My everyday life is much more meaningful to my wellbeing. But is this the meaning of my life? This question seems to assume there is a general answer. For me, my personal meaning of life is the general influence I had to others (and likely the influence I might have to others in the future I not yet know of).
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For me, my personal meaning of life is the general influence I had to others (and likely the influence I might have to others in the future I not yet know of).
Did it seem to me or did it sound that the meaning of life is to give something to others?
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Since there are more people on earth than me, my life consists of more than myself. That does not mean "exclusively". If I would only live for myself (ignoring my family etc., but including everything else, like you would say "gods" e.g.), then my life definitely would be meaningless, at least after my death.
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Do we not leave an echo in the Universe with every step, word and thought that will sound forever?
Probably not. But the narcissism in us likes to think we do.
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