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  • The correct question to ask is how can I add meaning to my life? If we focus completely on the meaning (which really is the Supermeaning) we miss the most important part of life which is the actions that we do daily that give our life meaning. We all have a conscious responsibility to live life and from that our meaning is achieved.
  • The Westminster Catechism's First Question asks, "What is the chief and highest end of man?" To which it answers, "Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God and fully to enjoy him for ever." In most religions, Judeo-Christian ones in particular, the question of "meaning" in life is inextricably wrapped up in a relationship with God--living in, for, with, and through God. For life to have true "meaning" that meaning must come external to the individual and be somehow consistent with "life" as a whole. Most would argue that only God or a godlike (transcendent) being can grant this. For the non-theistic beliefs, then, it would seem that life cannot have objective meaning but must be subjectively constructed (giving rise to the question whether any true meaing to life can exist in a non-theistic system). So how one answers the meaning of life question bears directly on the existence of God question (and the "which God" question also).
  • The psychologist Viktor Frankl said in "Man's Search for Meaning" that we shouldn't ask what we expect from life but what life expects from us. The more famous Greek philosophers pretty much agreed that happiness was what we were to look for. The movie "City Slickers" tells us that life is all about ONE thing; Billy Crystal's character struggles to find out what that one thing is, but he realizes there's no need to label what it is, because it's always right there in front of you. You know what it is even when you don't.
  • One could not exactly say what the meaning of life is. One may distinguish what the meaning of his/her life is. My personal opinion of the meaning of life is giving our life back to the one who gave it to us. Life is a gift, not any kind of accident or mishap. To ask this question is to seek debate. Most likely you will believe the one that sounds the best whether it be right or wrong. Our lives are not about ourselves. I believe that if you recognize the greatest things we have in "life" you will not ask this question. The great things that i am talking about are faith, hope, and love. Faith is the one that can keep one from asking questions. If God wanted us to know something, then we would know it. So in a nutshell our the meaning of life is to glorify God.
  • The Meaning of Life What is the meaning of life? This question has puzzled even the smartest of persons. Let's break it down. "What" is a question that yeilds a response. The value of the answer is determined by the one who's asked the question. So if 'you' are looking for the answer, to the big question, you must first ask yourself "Why do I need to know what the meaning of life is?" I would say that I would want to know what the meaning of life is in order to live it according to the true meaning. The asking of "Why" is the preparatory question to real question: the "What?" "What is...?" is what it is. A question that states very answer to the question that has been asked. If you ask me what the meaning of life is, and I ask or tell you "What is," then we both know, at that point, that the meaning of life is that "It is what it is." Of course this only leaves us asking "What is 'it'" anyway? The 'it' we are refering to here is 'life'. To say "What is the..." leads us to believe that there is one definate answer. But is this answer, the answer we are looking for, the answer for me, you, or for everyone? I tend to believe that 'the' answer is 'the only' answer that is definitive of life itself. If 'the' answer that is for me, isn't for you, then can an answer that isn't true for everyone, be true for anyone? A false answer, is always that: A false answer. "What is the meaning..." is a hard-line question because it either reveals that A) The one who's asking the question knows the answer, and is testing the answerer. B) The one who's asking the question doesn't know the answer, and wants to know the answer. Or C) The one who the question is being asked to, might know the answer. So before you attempt to ask this question, consider the one to whom you are asking the question. The 'meaning' of anything is the entire reason of 'anything's' existence. Once you have the answer to the 'big' question, you should either be better off or even worse when you figure out what the answer is. "What is the meaning of..." is the meaningless point of the real question. If the question read "What is the meaning of love" then we could definately have different answers, because love is different for everyone, as is a bowl of soup. The only thing that is truly the same for anyone, is 'life'. Just life. All of our lives are different, but because we all live, we are, in this sense, all the same. So even though this part of the question may be meaningless, at least it prepares us for the 'Grand Finale' of words: LIFE. "What is the meaning of life?" is the most difficult, yet simplest question that has ever been asked. The difficult part of this question is the part about accepting 'the' answer. The simplest part is how we use the answer after we know it. Before we attempt to answer the real question, here, we need to take one last look at the question itself. Sometimes questions are more answerable if they are rephrased, so I'll put it this way "What is the life of meaning?" Whether or not you realize it, the 'life of meaning' is 'the meaning of life.' The one definate answer that fits all solutions is this: JESUS. Jesus is the only man to lead a true, meaningful life. His life is really the only 'life of meaning' and it is only through him that we have the opportunity to live meaningful lives. If you don't accept the answer to this question, you will have nothing but difficulty for the rest of life, especially in answering this question. If you accept this answer, however, life is much simpler, because you do not have to search for any other answer. So if you havn't made your choice already, you now must choose: 'Rest of life' or 'Life of rest'. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life..." John 14:6 THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE MEANING OF LIFE IS JESUS! I rest my case.
  • I'd like to answer this with another question; Why do you assume that there is a meaning of life?
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  • Life takes meaning from how it is lived, and being lived; how it is valued. A person can become depressed and feel that their life has lost meaning. Life can become difficult, uncertian and unmangable. The experience of meaningless in living life comes at times when life has become too full of meaning to comprehend. It is possible to be living in the most dire circumstances and still survive by finding meaning in one very simple thing. It could even be a thread, that has come loose on a sleeve. If the thoughts can be turned away from the unbelievable or physically impossible to the wax of a candle life can continue. The meaning of life is fluid like a river and each person can shape the direction it takes with the choices they make. There are no rules other than those of natural consequence. We learn as we go and we seem to be somewhat driven to want to know more. The quest that we each follow in our lives comes from that part of ourselves that knows and understands all things. Some call this spirit or or god, there are many names we call this part of ourselves that seems to know something more. Before we are born and after we die I believe we return to our full self where we understand all that has been before and will come to be. I believe before we are born we are able to choose who we will become and what lessons we wish to live. In this context the meaning of a life is an answer to a plan which each will return to, becoming fuller in life with every experience.
  • This question is best answered by the individual through one's own discovery.
  • If life was created, the meaning of life is dependent on the Creator. If the Creator meant life for a purpose, then that is its meaning - whatever it might be. If the creator had no purpose, or that purpose was fulfilled in the past or the creator is dead or gone, never to return, then there is no longer a purpose. If life is a cosmic accident, formed through random processes over billions of years then life has no objective "meaning." While some will claim their philosophy allows for meaning without a creator or designer, nobody need agree with them because there is no objective standard. With no external moral authority, totalitarianism, slavery and anarchy (survival of the fittest) are just as "noble" as benevolent libertarian democracy. Perhaps anarchy would be most "correct" since it is nearest darwinism. In the absence of an objective, intelligent, purposeful and moral Creator, life has no real meaning. The Bible indicates that God exists and created life for His pleasure, and desires eternal fellowship with humans. I concur.
  • The meaning of life is adaptability, the value of life is progress.
  • Every Soul before its human life is not fully developed. It is like a diamond in its native form. The supreme being helps you by giving you nature to fully unwind yourself and to be who you are, a jewel in the crown. But he sits back and allows you to develop. Try to give your best in life by concious efforts. try to understand your interests and how best you can help others in the will of the supreme being.
  • The meaning of life, from http://www.dictionary.com The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism. I think the question needs rephrasing, to "What purpose does life serve?"
  • I can't tell you...it's a secret. But here is an interesting video I found on the internet that could hopefully bring to light the meaning of life to our modern society, enjoy.
  • The myth (story of the meaning of life) of the coming era is the creation of consciousness of ourselves and of the god (of the opposites). Presuming that God can do everything (including percieve himself and his creation) would also mean that we have no purpose! Illuminating the creation is Man's purpose, and is the thing that God (the unconscious) cannot do, except through us.
  • The meaning of life: what one has if one is is living.
  • To love God to be loved by God, to love your neighbor and be loved by your neighbor.
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      No such thing as god!
  • n. pl. lives (lvz) 1. 1. The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism. 2. The characteristic state or condition of a living organism. 2. Living organisms considered as a group: plant life; marine life. 3. A living being, especially a person: an earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives. 4. The physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence: the artistic life of a writer. 5. 1. The interval of time between birth and death: She led a good, long life. 2. The interval of time between one's birth and the present: has had hay fever all his life. 3. A particular segment of one's life: my adolescent life. 4. The period from an occurrence until death: elected for life; paralyzed for life. 5. Slang. A sentence of imprisonment lasting till death. 6. The time for which something exists or functions: the useful life of a car. 7. A spiritual state regarded as a transcending of corporeal death. 8. An account of a person's life; a biography. 9. Human existence, relationships, or activity in general: real life; everyday life. 10. 1. A manner of living: led a hard life. 2. A specific, characteristic manner of existence. Used of inanimate objects: “Great institutions seem to have a life of their own, independent of those who run them” (New Republic). 3. The activities and interests of a particular area or realm: musical life in New York. 11. 1. A source of vitality; an animating force: She's the life of the show. 2. Liveliness or vitality; animation: a face that is full of life. 12. 1. Something that actually exists regarded as a subject for an artist: painted from life. 2. Actual environment or reality; nature. adj. 1. Of or relating to animate existence; involved in or necessary for living: life processes. 2. Continuing for a lifetime; lifelong: life partner; life imprisonment. 3. Using a living model as a subject for an artist: a life sculpture.
  • The meaning of life is what you want it to be. Let's say a boy wants to win the world cup of soccer. He trains, grows up and expands his skills. He starts playing in the state league, then the national league and finally at an international level. He wins the world cup. That is why he exists (in his mind) and that is his meaning of life. After that he may find another meaning of life and/or goal to achieve. The meaning of life is what we make of it and we can have as many choices as our minds desire.
  • It's important to clarify what's being asked here. It could be that we're wondering what the purpose of life is. Possibly, we want to know the message that our lives represent, as in "the meaning of a sentence". Or we could be asking what is the significance of life in general, as in "what's the bottom line". In any case, all discussions would have to start with: if there is a Creator Being then... Only God truely knows the purpose, the message, and the signficance of our lives She / He / It gave us. Now having said that, what if there isn't a Creator Being? The purpose of life is to make more life. The message is a DNA encoded program of development. And the significance is relative to the eyes of the beholder.
  • That question I think should be restated to make it more poignant. Here are suggestions- What is the purpose/significance of life - my working, my partying, etc.? What is the purpose of all this? I believe that the answer is that we are created by God for two reasons: 1. To make this world a better place for our neighbors- to cultivate and to work. That means serving others in love, creating things to be enjoyed, etc. God loves it when there is joy and beauty in his world. Picture God applauding when he sees hungry people being fed or when he sees a beautiful play (sports or theater). However, since he owns the world, he gets to define what is the good. 2. To have a personal relationship with him, which means knowing him as a praiseworthy God and being known to him in our weakness and suffering (prayer and struggle). That is what God seeks from us. Against the legalist, God did not place us here to just follow rules like servants. Against the antinomian, we are responsible to God and our neighbors, we are not to live for ourselves.
  • Two important concepts come to mind when I think about the meaning of life. The first is spirituality and the second is maximizing your God given potentials and abilities. We all need something to worship, believe it or not we were created by God to worship him. Eventually, whether you are a Christian are not you will worship something. That something might be anything from your good looks to your own opinions. We all need to recognize that we are not only physical beings but spiritual too. The reason people ask what the meaning of life is, because they have cut themselves off from spirituality, the infinite, the eternal, the omnipotent, the omnipresent, the miraculous. You see, life will seem very depressing, dull and useless if there is nothing to worship, bigger and better than ourselves. Furthermore, I would hate to believe that this life is it. But when I start thinking about streets of gold, pearly gates, mansions and all the attributes that the bible gives about heaven, and the promises he gives to me as a child of God, I view my life and its meaning totally different. Spirituality and being in right relationship with God is the first step to finding the meaning of life. Second once you are connected to the source of all life, power, creativity, wisdom, knowledge and so forth, you can begin to maximize your potential. The wonderful thing about creation is that God made us to all be different. From personality to skin color we are all unique, there are no "natural" duplicates of anyone. Since we are all different we have things we naturally do well in, and things we don't. I believe that every person should take an introspective look at themselves and see exactly what they do well. The startling truth is that your unique gifts and abilities are usually right under your nose, and you use them all the time. The key is to recognize who you are and all your natural propensities and maximize them. Also, you should cherish who you are as a person and glorify God for making such a wonderful work of art. If you are having a hard time seeing who you are I recommend taking self assesment tests and personality tests maybe like the Myers Briggs. These tests can't tell you everything about you but they can help put you on the right path to self discover.
  • Before trying to answer a question one must first ask yourself the question, is the question a valid one. You give life meaning you do not look for meaning. You silly wrabbit. Let my ask you a question if there were such a question do you expect it to be a good one liner or a volume of books. You get my drift! You can ask this questions till the cows come home and at each cross roads in like the answer will be different answers. If you are starving and about to die the meaning of life may be a BIG MAC,FRENCH FRIES AND A COKE. Here another answer, the meaning of life is simply LIFE With out life there are no ridicules questions
  • The meaning of life is within. Those who seek a universal definition are the same who find themselves making all of their decisions based on what they perceive others would like them to do.
  • "The meaning of life is enjoying the passage of time." Paul Simon.
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  • I'm not going to proffer another 'meaning' of life, there's enough on here to give most people something to think about. But I will give people 'something' to think about . . . Is the concept of an evolutionary 'accident' really so hard to accept ? Maybe while the term is viewed so narrowly as something unplanned, in many cases with 'negative' or 'pointless' connotations attached to it; the term 'accident' does sound rather hit-and-miss but surely the basis of ALL development is 'accidental' in its nature. From the discovery of Penicillin [by chance] to the development of the modern medicines [we try 1001 possibilities and one of them is eventually the right one] every one of these things can be termed 'accidental' and all we do as human beings is shorten the odds to increase the chances of one particular outcome over another. So, on that basis, why should the 'accident' of human life be so hard to accept [as the right combination of substances at a particular time in the universe] and why should there be some 'meaning' which, by it's nature, is defined by some higher power than ourselves. Notice that NOBODY can provide a definitive record of when time started and what happened between then and now. Surely, if some being had 'created' human beings the human beings would have created some record of their existence from the start; and yet none exists. Perhaps we should just 'accept' that life exists, as do the stars and the sun, and get on with deciding on what use or 'meaning' we will give to our own lives. There seem to be so many theories that 'tell' us what the meaning of our lives should be, while [and this this is not a Christian-bashing session] conveniently asking us to give 10% of our earnings to the church and various other self-serving edicts. One must remember that the first 'bible' was not written until the 4th Century AD by which time I would conservatively estimate the passed-on knowledge of the Gospels to be at least fourth-hand. It is not my intention to prove or disprove any one belief over another, but merely to demonstrate the fallibility of human record and the scope that exists for abuse within it [another discussion point entirely]. So, in terms of 'something to think about' decide on your own meaning of life, and include in that the choice of whether to believe in one religion/god/higher power or another; if you consider that to be the meaning of YOUR life then so be it. Nobody can provide our 'correct' answer to this question except ourselves. Perhaps the most we can hope for is a sufficient pool of opinion on which to start making up our own individual minds and spend less time telling others how to live their lives. -------------------------- In Responnse to Feedback . . . -------------------------- Quite Right ! ENOCHbethany, but if you put a weight and a piece of string in a bag and shake them, you might eventually create a pendulum . . . Add a cog to the bag and shake again . . . do I really need to explain this all the way ?! Nobody said the first Human Being had Arms, Legs and a First from Oxford but maybe we started somewhere and developed, how's about that one ?! Thanks, AyJayCee
  • What is the meaning of Life? To live; what one has if one is living. the act of living. Don't take this as a definition, think outside the box. As to why we are here: To ask questions! again, think outside the box
  • This question has certainly attracked a number of interesting and conflicting answers. Some of the comments and ratings are also interesting, because they show that one person's belief can be considered incorrect by those with a different view. I don't think many of these answers are wrong, in spite of the ratings, they just don't 'fit' every individual. To a theist, the meaning of life is usually defined within the governance of their faith. The meaning will vary, not only between different faiths, but also within the same faith, depending on the manner in which it is interpreted by each individual. For those who are non-theists, the meaning of life must come from within each person and reflects how they view their position as an individual in the world. For myself, it can best be summarized by the phrase: do no harm. If one cannot make life better for those with whom we share this planet, we should at least do everything within our power to refrain from harming them. Harm can arrive through many human avenues, most of which we have control over as individuals. It is unfortunate to see how easily one can bring harm to another. It is disheartening to see how many pursue agendas that bring harm to others. Just as one makes a conscious decision that creates harm as a consequence, one can make a conscious decision to do otherwise. Perhaps an individual will fail to profit personally, but profit often goes hand-in-hand with harm. Do no harm. It's valid for both theists and non-theists.
  • The meaning of life is understanding that Jesus is our Saviour and that He died on the cross to save us from both our sins and eternal damnation. Thanks and glory to be God because all of us have something to be thankful for that is Jesus, our Saviour.
  • The meaning of life.........For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
  • The meaning of life is to look for an answer to this question. If you think you found it, then there is no meaning of life.
  • Life really has only one purpose. It is the selfish gene which exists to survive and perpetuate itself in a mechanical, mindless way. It follows a universal law, just like gravity pulls, life sustains and perpetuates itself. We think our life's activities go beyond this law, but most of the things we do every day are just complex expressions of the same law. When we buy possessions, seek information, follow the crowd, or try to convert others to our beliefs, we are self-perpetuating. But if we use our conscious willpower to step out of this mechanical behaviour and do something (truly) selfless, or to reflect on the wonder of the universe, or to add something small to that vast pool of human understanding, then I think perhaps we approach something which is the higher meaning of life. What that meaningful vocation should be, we each have to decide for ourselves.
  • Bugging G-d to no end, and being happy about it cause it's just fun. You pick you own path in life so break all the rules you want, you'll never get in real trouble since G-d loves all his creations. Everything might take a little longer but you'll make it in the end. Who knows where your going anyways? (Not meant is Heaven or Hell reference)
  • well you should know that everything has a meaning if not it would not be on this planet but somtimes we dont need to know what the meaning is like we don't need to know the meaning of life we should just live our life and not question it.
  • I think the meaning of life is to be happy, and to live rather than exist. Making the most of what you have, and taking lots of risks. Wheres the fun in always playing it safe?!
  • To reproduce and to preserve the earth.
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  • Interesting question and many people would say that there is no definate answer and that we're just here because of some "Big Bang" In the universe. I however know the truth. We were put on this earth to worship the Lord God and to witness to those who don't beleive. When Adam and Eve at the apple God gave us minds to think for ourselves. He does not force us to worship him which is why there are disbeleivers out there. Christians are to witness and worship and that is the meaning of life. Don't beleive me? Find a bible. Talk to a local pastor or a christian friend. Your faith and soul and destiny is important to me. As it is to the Lord and all Christians around the world.
  • The meaning of life is pleasing an Holy God. If you please him the meaning of life will become so clear.
  • the meaning of life is simple and should be undisputed: enjoy yourself, enjoy others, live with hope and happiness and die knowing that you changed the world in some slight positive way
  • The meaning of life is only found in the midst of selfless action. You'll never get it to fit into a web forum.
  • The definition of life is to live. :)
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  • The meaning of life is Life. A person is not a life, but a form of life, that is, a receptacle of life from God. God is Life Itself, Being Itself, and Existence Itself. Everything else proceeds from him. We are here in freedom, to align ourselves with life, which is actual existence, which is heaven, or else against life, with is death, or hell. The nature of Life Itself, the nature of God, is characterized primarily by things like compassion, forgiveness, love, and charity, and secondarily by things like truth, humility, insight, and wisdom, (which have those former things as their principle subject). God provides every possible means for all people to following a path of life, that is, of love, forgiveness, charity, and compassion. There are paths that more specific to the way of good, and paths more specific to the way of truth, but they are all his paths for us. Those who follow these come to know their source, and therefor the meaning of life. That is, they come to know God. But at no time is it difficult to find those who choose the way of death over the way of life. Some do this by denying any source but themselves, and thus destroying their humility, and thus their reason. Others do this by abandoning themselves to their lusts for evil, committing atrocities, and saying either "where is God to stop me" or else convincing themselves "God wills it, and will reward my attrocities".
  • Life is a kind of game. But when you goof one thing, well... you can't return back and fix it. ^^ hope it helped!
  • It just depends what you mean: The dicionary says: The time between birth and death. My meaning is: To live
  • Life in a 'Nutshell': The Alpha - birth & The Omega - death. Life is what you make of it. Life is what transpires on the cusp of the Alpha and the Omega. It's a continuous learning experience from beginning to end regarding all that surrounds us. The positive and negative elements play a heavy integral part in the overall equation. Survival/preservation is certainly key & paramount,... but of course, death is inevitable. To obsess over either aspect deviates from the whole entity and experience. Spiritualism is the state of mind in which we take comfort in - from the hardships we endure to the triumphs we relish. One's Physicality/biological health and mentality/psychological health are what one is given by inheritance, chance or holy determination (however you may perceive it). It is what it is; make the most of it. I feel we won't have the real answer(s)to any of the 'mysteries' we encounter, until we pass on from this realm,... which is ironic in of itself. Some Cool Quotes To Live By: (may you be inspired) ;o) *** Attitude Determines Altitude *** & *** Life does not offer what you deserve, only what you demand. *** & *** There are no promises in life - Go For It NOW. *** Peace On Earth - Good Will Toward Men (Let's make the best of it all while it lasts)! ;o)
  • It is explicitly written in Quran. It is to worship to Allah. Then Allah will give the most wanted thing for human being "eternity life". Any other thinking about meaning of life would be meanless itself if critisised properly. And for conclusion all other materialistic, hedonistic, darwinianistic, atheistic point of views had created by Jewishes who want to convince people to "life hasn't got a purpose and human being is little more developed animal" theory and after that all human beings can be servant for them. They have all this stuff their "changed" holy book.
  • Think about this- the only thing in life that never changes is death. From the moment we are born we start to die. So the meaning of life must be death. Note- the only other thing that is a constant in life is taxes.
  • The answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is 42. (Did someone already say this? If they did, I couldn't find it.)
  • Living it to the fullest
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  • Life is whatever you believe. Your truth.
  • Life has different meanings for different people. For me it means love God and mankind.
  • well this answer is too big to type so just read purpose driven life by rick warren
  • The meaning of life is to determine a self-fulfilling answer to this question.
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  • To be happy and to make others happy.
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  • the meaning of like is to do the things that you can do before you die. (and read Archie comics :) )
  • Life has whatever meaning you give it.
  • To have sex with as many girls as you can and not get aids.
  • They are generally making a subjective judgment on what you are doing RIGHT NOW, and saying that it is a waste of time. For example, if you are knitting and they are getting ready to go for their daily run. They say "get a life." They are deciding that their hobby is more important than yours and isn't "living."
  • Zazzy_one makes a good point. But based on your comment to her, here's what I think it means to "have a life": 1. Being willing to live with the risk that you'll be hurt by others, that you'll fail at some things, and that you'll make mistakes that harm others. Not letting these facts stop you from participating fully in life. 2. Being true to your values, and knowing what those values are. Having those values be consistent with what makes life work for others, as well -- you are not an island. 3. Trying to help others. This doesn't mean "be stupid and let them walk on you", it means looking for places where what you have to offer and what is needed by the situation match, and acting in those situations with some real commitment to helping. 4. Being able to appreciate your life as it is -- you're never going to be perfect, your circumstances will never be perfect, and life will always have problems. You have to stop waiting for the perfect life to show up before you recognize that THIS is your perfect live already. So many people are waiting for the perfect relationship, or the perfect job, or the perfect...whatever -- THEN they're going to start appreciating life. It never works that way. You can't put those kinds of conditions on life. I guess that's enough for one answer. Hope it's not too much noise...
  • I would take it as someone telling me to find better things to do with my time.
  • Usually, I think of that statement in situations where there is one person poking their nose around in another person's business. This second person may tell the nosy person to "get a life" - meaning get involved in your own life and keep your nose out of other people's. In theory, if someone has interests and activities of their own to participate in, they will "have a life" and be less nosy and intrusive into someone else's business.
  • To me, the meaning of life is to make yourself and those around you happy without making the rest of the world worse (and hopefully better).
  • Do you something you really care about and get involved in it. Get immersed in it. Stop worrying about people will think. It's also very good tax advice. How so? Well, let's say you love scuba diving, so you open a scuba diving shop; taddaaa! All your scuba gear is tax-free. Or you love painting, so you open a sideline as an art dealers. You can buy and sell paintings weekly, paying for them out of pre-tax money, even paying for your trips to the auction houses from pre-tax money. If you make your passion your work then the things you want to spend money on are expenses of the business BEFORE you pay yourself your salary. So your fun is tax-free. The expression really OUGHT to be "Get a tax-free life!"
  • I usually tell people this if they are being too nit picky about things. To me it means that they should focus on more important things.
  • Having something going on in your own life that is important enough to you so that you occupy yourself with it rather than meddling in others business.
  • Enjoying the passage of time. James Taylor
  • Since I am not elloquent enough to put this into words I got it from meaningoflife.com, and it says it so much better than I could ever do. The meaning of life is for us to discover that we are true children of an infinitely loving and merciful God, to find out what our responsibilities are to our Creator, and to fulfill those responsibilities. In His infinite goodness, God could not keep all to Himself the happiness of existence He enjoyed in heaven. Just as we may love our pets very much, cats and dogs are just not able to share with us the happiness we feel from music and sunsets and Super Bowls. Only our children can do that. This is why God had to create us as His true children. But complete free will is the essence of His nature. So we, His true children, also had to have complete free will, only without the infinite power and wisdom. That makes things difficult. That makes it possible and even likely for us to refuse to accept God's authority. God knew that even though He would start out giving us Paradise to live in, we would soon think that we were His equal and rebel against Him. He knew that we would not like the idea of anyone in authority over us, and that we would think that we could make the rules for our lives ourselves. He knew that then He could not leave us with Him in Paradise, and that once we left that we would be severely tested in this new world, a world of random events and pain and sorrow. He knew that some of us would continue to heed our conscience, and be kind and good, and have faith that God knows best. He knew that others would feel pain and sorrow, and blame Him. God, in his infinite goodness, has arranged a way for us to return to Paradise. All it requires is a short stay in this hard world of temptation and pain. All it requires is to prove to Him that we will not rebel against Him again, and to realize that God knows better than we do how to rule the universe. But our rebellious nature has not changed. We still turn away from God and think that we know best how to lead our own lives. So how can we live forever with God in happiness? God's great Plan, from the beginning of time, was to do atonement Himself for the many sins of mankind. Christianity spells out the mechanism by which God is able to forgive us for turning away from Him and not obeying His commands. Coming to earth as Christ and doing infinite atonement for our sins as true God, and yet being able to do it on behalf of mankind as true man, has always been God's plan. ("In the beginning was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God"). That is the great miracle of Christianity. Above all, to believe in God is to have complete trust in His love and His commands. Being obedient to His commands allows us to receive His grace, which in turn will lead to faith and salvation. And what is God's greatest command? "Love the Lord thy God with your whole heart, and love thy neighbor as thyself." That is how Christ put it. That is what the entire word of God boils down to. You love yourself quite a bit. You go to great trouble to make sure you are fed when you get hungry. Do you do the same for all other people on earth? If not, you are not obeying Christ's command. You go to great trouble to make sure that you have warm clothing and shelter when you are cold. Do you do the same for everyone else on earth? If not, you are not obeying Christ's command. In the Bible, Christ said that if you do not feed the hungry and shelter the homeless and comfort the lonely, He will cast you into the eternal fires of Hell Himself. That's what it says, right in the Bible. It is also later on this page with chapter and verse. It is not enough to sit like a vegetable and think you are doing nothing wrong. You are commanded to act. You are commanded to relieve the suffering of your fellow human beings. The meaning of religion is to do that because God is our common Father, making us all brothers and sisters. We do our best to make life happy for our brethren, out of love and respect for God. For Christians, this is what is meant by living our life in Christ. True peace in this life is knowing that when we do that, we are assured of being eternally happy. But how can we love God? He does not expect us to be able to love Him in the way that we love other people, since no one personally has ever actually seen Him or heard Him. Christ spent His three year public ministry here on earth showing us how to live. What did He do? He helped other people. He fed them, he cured their sicknesses. In His teachings he repeated, over and over, stories about Good Samaritans who took care of complete strangers by tending their wounds and giving them shelter; and of how terrible it was for a rich man to ignore the hungry beggar at his gate. (The beggar went straight to heaven, the rich man went straight to eternal torment.) The entire focus of His teachings was for us to take care of His other children. This was His life. This is what He taught. Strictly speaking, our entire meaning of life is to love God with our whole heart. But God is perfect and complete. He does not need our love for Himself. He cannot "need" anything. So what can this mean? We are to show our love by caring for His other children, just as he has told us so many times in the Gospels. But is this not a case of "chasing our own tail"? Why would He create billions of people who are all supposed to care for each other, instead of just seeing to it that they do not need to be cared for by anyone but Himself? He does care for us, in the most important way. He always shows us the straightest road to salvation, and He does this of His own free will. But as His true children, we must also–by our own free will--be able to do as He does, and take care of the worldly needs of our fellow human beings, even though doing so is inconvenient or even painful, and goes against our own perceived interests. "The number of hungry and needy people in the world is overwhelming. Jesus will take care of them." No. Jesus will to bring them to heaven. He does not put food on tables. If He did, eight thousand good people a day would not die of starvation. That is our job. That is what Jesus directly and forcefully commanded us to do. You cannot feed them all, of course. But God expects you to do the best you can, even if that is only to feed one person one time. The best you can. The very best you can. And you cannot fool Him, He knows. By following God's commands to care for our brethren, we will receive all of His grace, which in turn will strengthen our faith, make our lives here on earth as happy as possible, and assure us of eternal life by proving that our faith in Christ is true and real. The little-understood paradox, then, is this: the only way we can be happy ourselves is to follow God's commands and make other people happy. Selfishly trying to make only ourselves happy is self-defeating. It is impossible. But if you can make just one other person happy, or relieve their suffering, your life will be a resounding success! And this is always possible for you, every day. Even a single kind word can lift someone's spirits and make them happy. In WWII concentration camps, some prisoners shared their small rations of food with others, even though it meant certain death by starvation themselves. And survivors tell us that in the midst of all that horror, other prisoners sang joyful songs to make everyone feel better. The key to all happiness, both in this world and in the next, is so easy. It is complete unselfishness.
  • It is meaning less. (42) Who tries to scratch out some meaning believes in something they can't prove like religion. The right question is: What is life?
  • The phrase "the meaning of life" involves a Category Error (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category_error) - it mixes words from two different fields, like "the flavour of courage" or "the romance of the freezing point".
  • *Smiles* I do love you people on AB with your wonderful mind provoking questions... sorry I get a little exited. What is the meaning of life? This is something I often question whilst sitting in my room doing nothing, or in the shower, or whenever I have spare time to let my mind wonder. This question alone made up of only 7 words provokes so much thought, and so many other questions it's overwhelming. For example, I know we all know that we are ourselves, but did you ever really pause to realize "I exist. I am me. Why? Why am I myself? Why am I here? Why are others here? Why am I capable of these thoughts? I will always be me". It doesn't sound like much but the depth there is so absolutley incredible if you really think about. And then of course there is the overpowering question "what is the meaning of life?". Some say that it can be to help other humans. To show people something. It doesn't have to be in a big way, but if you just hold open a door for a women, and she finds it nice, and later that day when shes faced with an extremley important descision that can alter everything in her life she'll think of you. But even still. If she does that, will she just simply exist after her perpouse? Or do people die after they've fulfilled it? The meaning of life I can only think is to simply exist (for whatever reason) and do the things that our heart tells us is right. What we feel good doing. Why? Is there even an answer to that? We coudln't possibly know. We don't even know where or who or what we are in existance. Think about the big bang theory. It says that the universe is still expanding. But in to where? And is the universe that big, or to some other lifeform else where is our universe as big as an atom is to us? And where did existance come from? It's a foreign concept to us as human beings that something can't possibly exist without creation. But how can one tell?? Perhaps the meaning of life is to simply Wonder what the meaning is :D (or maybe not. you decide ^_~) I'm sorry I've yet again managed to blow a simple question waaay out of porpotion. I hope my answer intrigues some of you. I answered your question to the best of my ability. I hope it helps :D
  • to fulfill your goals and build relationships. to love, laugh, cry, mourn, to live simply.
  • The meaning of life, is what ever we make it to be.
  • To teach us what it (the purpose of life) is for each of us by living it and experiencing things. When we experience things, if we think about them we learn more about ourselves, others, and life itself. It's a tough question, and I think that's as close as I can come to an answer that makes sense to me anyhow.
  • To be a bridesmaid, never a bride, fun aunt Sophie who is always drunk at special occasions, standing in her cornor, pissed out of her head with sherry and scaring a variety of relatives. When I'm 30 I'll be blond. And permed. 40, I'll cut all my hair off. 50, I will get my first purple rinse, first cat and draw a moustache on if I have to. I'll be the sort of person who always has a tissue up their sleeve and their whole handbag filled with carrier bags 'just in case' (just in case of WHAT we will never know) My purpose is to just be another lonely, pathetic freak show who pays her taxes. Fun
  • To BE A CRUTCH, this seems to b the purpose i have been given but it is, I hope, not the one I will always have. One day I would like to be able to lean on someone else again. People say to me 'How do you stay so calm and in control?' if only I could tell them how I really feel maybe my purpose would be allowed to change. They may realise that I am just mentally strong but my emotions are often at breaking point and need a little help
  • It's the greatest, but harshest, teacher.
  • i believe homer simpson said it best~ "To alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."
  • 42 [old question]
  • I think that the person who can answer this one hasn't been born yet and if they have, they must be very rich.
  • 42. Now what is the Question to life, the universe, and everything?
  • TO MAKE OTHERS HAPPY WHEN I CAN AND REALISE I SHOULD JUST BE GLAD THAT I'M HERE. LOOK AT THE SKY AND BREATH
  • To be a mysterious vagrant, always passing through, always a stranger. Never in one place for too long. Providing help when people need it, and then moving on to the next little town. An endless journey. Where I'm going, I have only the vaguest idea. But as soon as I can do it without sacrificing too much, I'm pointing my nose out the door and and just... Walking.
  • TO DO WHATEVER YOU TELL ME TOO DRILL SARGEANT!!! (Alright,so I just had a dumb attack.) I'd say that my purpose is to do the very best I can and be as good to everyone as I possibly can.
  • To help other people whenever I see a need and have the ability to do it and also to support my kids and get them to adulthood (almost there!) and be there for them or their children whenever needed.
  • To live for Jesus, and plant His word into the lost souls of this word. Be a shining light. To Love uncondionally. No, I'm not God, but he is able to use me how He want to, if I allow him.
  • To answer questions of course!
  • THERE is no meaning to life .
  • I truly believe that I'm also supposed to help others relax (in the presence of life's chaos) and enjoy their lives more and more.
  • To enjoy it and make it pleasent to others.
  • assuming that i do, to make a difference
  • I believe that my purpose in life has been to teach others. I have had to teach my children how to lead good lives. When my daughter turned to drugs I had to teach her the lessons of tough love. When my grandaughter got pregnant at a very young age I had to teach her about responsibility. When I am out in public I try to conduct myself in the best character possible so that other people might experience good manners and learn from that as well. Of course I learn new things everyday and I think that is why I like this site so well. This is only my second or third time on here but already I have learned so much about all of you wonderful people. And I hope that while I am here I can teach you a thing or two.
  • To turn food, and eventually myself into fertilizer.
  • I don't know what my part is yet, but I hope I am doing a good job. At the moment 90% of the time I am building bridges between people who are affected by (or just jumping onto) the Middle East crisis, teaching people facts (and learning more) or sometimes just taking abuse until someone is ready to listen... I have a very good friend on the 'other side' who helps a lot just by being there. :) I don't know if that is my purpose though.
  • to b the bestest sock puppie ever and bite trolls hard ! WOOF!

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