- The meaning of life?
- February 18th, 2010
So, I had a facebook friend who posted a status update that read like this: "What is the meaning of life?"
There were a few cute comments, but that is such a deep question, and of course with my belief structure I had a ready answer, but this person is not religious - at least not in any organized way, and I wasn't altogether sure she would appreciate a religious answer. So I responded with this:
"To learn and realize who you are and what your potential is, and to be happy in that knowledge and accept it as truth."
To that response, I have had at least one person applaud me for my answer. There may be others by now, I don't know. It leaves me wanting to dismiss my response, though.
I mean, it strikes me as existential drivel. I mean, it is true enough, and probably in line with what a lot of people think - which by definition means it is vague. Vague to the point of being worthless. I sometimes think that is what people want - vagueness. They want to find their own way, and no well trodden path, regardless of it's merit or previous success, is worthy enough for them - they must blaze their own trail. Perhaps they are secure that their knowledge and wisdom surpasses that of others, or perhaps they are rebellious in nature - maybe for other reasons, and all of those reasons combined. I don't know. But I know with every fiber of my being that happiness - true eternal happiness - will not be found that way. I believe there is only one way to happiness, and there is no vagueness in that way, but we can choose to follow it or not.
I know I have my challenges - life is never easy, and some decisions I have made both past and present don't help that. I don't pretend to have all the answers nor do I pretend I am even close to perfect. I also don't believe that I can make it through this life on my own wisdom and intelligence, or even of those who are here in my life with me. I think this is the truth that my response to my friend hides. We are not here to fend for ourselves. We are not here to find our own way. We are not even here to blindly follow the way that has been laid for us by prophets and other religious leaders. We are here to find out what love is - not earthly love or lusts of the flesh - but real and deep Christ-like love. Charity. As humans on this earth right now, perfection may not be possible. But finding out there there is a Heavenly Father who loves us individually and without reservation, and further learning that we are just as capable of that same love, and then finally accepting those two principles as truth and as a part of our own divine nature - that is what we are really here for. That is why we were created. That is the meaning of life. To realize that life is just a tool to meet an end, and not an end unto itself.