The Meaning of Life

Happy New Year!

Here is a good question to start the year: What is the meaning of life?

I suggest you stop reading for a moment and reflect what you would say if someone were to come up to you and ask you this question.

A scene from the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Have you ever read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy? It has a very interesting ultimate answer to “everything”. Watch it here .

After you watched this you will probably wonder what the ultimate computer is. Right?  You can read about that here … but essentially: the living super computer that is currently running a 10 million year program to figure out the ultimate question is the Earth! So maybe you and me are supposed to contribute to finding the answer. Some super intelligent species many million light years away is patiently waiting for the answer. So we better get to work!

If this has put you in the mood of reading about this question more seriously here is an article on “The Meaning of Life” on the wikipedia:

I will be writing more about this in a few days … don’t want to let down those aliens who are patiently waiting for answers.

This is part 1 of a series of three posts on this topic:

Part 2: Is there a satisfying answer to “What is the Meaning of Life”?

Part 3: How can we live a meaningful life?

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10 Responses to The Meaning of Life

  1. Nice post! I have been thinking about exactly that in the last few days during the Kirchheim retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche, where he taught about living and dying and the states in-between. Very transformational

  2. Leland Fletcher says:

    Hi Bernie,

    During a three year retreat an answer to this very question came to me without even asking the question. It isn’t difficult, but to just say it without it being a personal discovery could take away from the answer.

    The question is best answered after meditation and then walking in contemplation through nature.

    Yours truly,
    Leland

  3. nrhatch says:

    On an individual basis, I have no problem seeing the meaning for life since I agree with the Dalai Lama:

    We are here to be happy and to make others happy.

    It’s that larger question, the “why?” of it all ~ the raison d’etre for mankind ~ that eludes me.

    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/12/19/the-why-of-it-all/

    From my (albeit limited) perspective, the world would be better off if mankind had never been . . .

    I look forward to your planned discussion.

  4. Hi Nancy,

    thanks for your comment

    I am so glad I am not the only one reflecting about this. You brought up a lot of good questions on your blog. I will be posting more thoughts on this soon.

    Cheers Bernie

  5. Hi Leland, I am glad you find a satisfying answers for yourself. Thanks for sharing! Cheers Bernie

  6. Hi Marieke, nice to hear from you. I hope you are settling in well into your new life. It is nice to know others are flecting about this question too! Lots of Love Bernie

  7. Leland Fletcher says:

    Sogyal Rinpoche says that “The purpose of life is to be happy.” He doesn’t mention the ‘meaning of life’. There is a distinction between purpose of life and the meaning of life.

    Also as I understand it, buddhism doesn’t try to answer the question of ‘why.’

    Yours truly,
    Leland

  8. Good point! Thanks for your comment Leland! I agree with you. Life just is. We are here! The world is here! So there is not so much point to ask “why?”. I think sometimes when people say meaning they mean purpose. For example the Dalai Lama often talks about the meaning of life. Cheers Bernie

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  10. Hassan says:

    “life is got not meaning, its a chance for you to give it a Meaning!”

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