What is the Meaning of Life

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: July 19, 2016

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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?

 

Oh, I can hear the groaning now. ‘He’s not going to give us his version of the meaning of life, is he?’ 

‘Pompous ass. Monty Python couldn’t do it.’

‘Isn’t this the same guy who gave us I’m a Fetchaholic, and Kip Mulholland, ADR Fart Artist? This should be rich.’

Well, to all you naysayers, I say…um, er, you might be right. Fortunately, I’ve never allowed shame and embarrassment to stop me from trying to shame and embarrass myself. This time is no different.

Not only am I going to answer this question, I’ll go so far as to say that I don’t think it’s all that difficult. When one applies the proper parameters, it all but answers itself. My approach is to use the ‘doctor’s diagnosis’ method. When you visit your doctor with one ailment or another, your doctor doesn’t diagnose what it is, right off the bat…he or she will diagnose what it isn’t, and then will work from a smaller menu of choices. Now, if you show up with your radius bone sticking out of your arm, there is no need to use this method. However, internal pains and discomforts are another matter all together. Your doctor will begin to ask questions meant to eliminate what it isn’t.

My first step in ascertaining this answer is to eliminate what the meaning of life ‘isn’t’. 

Parameter the first. Separate the ‘meaning of life’ from ‘things in life that are meaningful’. 

If I were to ask this question of a thousand people, I might get a thousand different answers, so let’s sort this out before we go any further. Religion, sexuality, politics, work vocation, education, family values, diet, and whether or not you think that reality tv is the worst thing to happen to humanity, are all examples of things that are meaningful in life. There are endless variations on every one of these themes, and they are meant to add some sort of value to make one’s life meaningful. They are options, and options cannot be the answer to our question.

Parameter the second. The answer to this question has to apply to ALL LIFE. Spirogyras, blades of grass, Red Wood trees, Ring Tailed Lemurs, my annoying neighbour, my annoying neighbour’s annoying neighbour - that would be me, Mt. Etna and Alpha Centauri are all examples of entities that have life. They all fit into the second parameter, which includes them in our final answer. This has nothing to do with humanities’ definition of ‘higher life forms’, which is another example of things in life that have meaning. Life is completely indiscriminate when it comes to its mere existence, and remember the original question. If we are to come up with one, unifying answer, there can be no sense of importance towards one life form over any other. 

Parameter the third. There can be only one answer. Now, if we pay strict adherence to the first two parameters, we find ourselves asking this question; what is the one thing that relates to all life forms after we eliminate the plethora of human made entities and attitudes? What one, single theme casts its shadow over us from the time we become a zygote; from the moment a seed germinates; from the spawning of fish, and the division of cells; from the birth of a star, and the start of our universe? In short, what is the meaning of life?

 

DEATH

 

Death is the only true link between all living things. All that we know, will die. All that we will ever know, will perish. From the smallest amoeba to, well, to our universe itself, will die. By using the process of elimination, we have whittled our menu of choices down to one. From the moment of conception, all life forms speed head long towards this inevitable conclusion. How can our answer be anything but death? To repeat myself, I believe that his has been an easy question to answer, and I’ve been able to do it in under one thousand words. However, as a result, a new question has emerged. This one, cannot be answered so easily, if at all. This is a question that can only be approached through supposition, prognostication, crossed fingers or the flip of a coin. It’s a question that has existed since the beginning of time, and will be here long after time has concluded - still unanswered. 

 

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF DEATH?


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