The Meaning of life

Custom Student Mr. Teacher ENG 1001-04 21 November 2016

The Meaning of life

“What is the meaning of life? ” is a question many people ask themselves at some point during their lives, most in the context “What is the purpose of life? ” Here are some of the many potential answers to this perplexing question. The responses are shown to overlap in many ways but may be grouped into the following categories: Survival and temporal success … to live every day like it is your last and to do your best at everything that comes before you … to be always satisfied … to live, go to school, work, and die … to participate in natural human evolution, or to contribute to the gene pool of the human race …

To advance technological evolution, or to actively develop the future of intelligent life … to compete or co-operate with others … to destroy others who harm you, or to practice nonviolence and nonresistance … to gain and exercise power … to leave a legacy, such as a work of art or a book … to eat … to prepare for death … to spend life in the pursuit of happiness, maybe not to obtain it, but to pursue it relentlessly. … to produce offspring through sexual reproduction (alike to participating in evolution) …to protect and preserve one’s kin, clan, or tribe (akin to participating in evolution) …

To seek freedom, either physically, mentally or financially … to observe the ultimate fate of humanity to the furthest possible extent … to seek happiness and flourish, experience pleasure or celebrate … to survive, including the pursuit of immortality through scientific means … to attempt to have many sexual conquests (as in Arthur Schopenhauer’s will to procreate) … to find and take over all free space in this “game” called life … to seek and find beauty … to kill or be killed.


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