Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What is the meaning of life?

"Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind," as it says in Ecclesiastes 12. But what does that mean, exactly? Not many people are too keen on diving into the Bible but, if you feel up to it, I'd suggest reading through the book of Ecclesiastes. If you do, drop me another message sometime, and we can talk about it.

If you're not, I shall clarify. ;D (or you can read it anyway)
It's about holding on tight enough to stand for what's important, but holding loosely enough not to needlessly hurt yourself. I say "needlessly" in relation to the way we tend to complicate and try to control life. Bad things happen but, if you let yourself be defined by bad things, you're going to hurt yourself much more than you would be if you let things alone. The physical world is nothing compared to the big picture. If we let ourselves get so wrapped up in something that isn't worth nearly as much as others would have us to believe, we will miss out on what's really important -- that which is beyond the physical.

Life is about the effort to find the truth in matters, in the most objective sense. Not necessarily justice or fairness, but clarity and calmness of mind, and an effort to be content. It's not about having the perfect life with a dream husband/wife, huge house, tons of friends, but about a different kind of perfection that I don't know many are willing to work to achieve. "Inner Truth" could mean one of two things. From my point of view, it often means that someone wants to believe something and, therefore, struggles to make everything they see in life fit to their own standards to justify their actions and make everything they do "ok." The second "Inner Truth" is the only real truth, which I believe is the main point of life as a whole.

As that one crazy dude Aristotle said: "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." TRUE "Inner Truth" is cultivating the method by which we see the world, and applying it to everything, even when fantastic and terrible things happen that try and make us forget that everything humans are is not on the ground or in it. It's the search for fact, even when it may contradict something we've previously held as true, and looking at things to find what's real and important, ultimately good and right, and forgetting our shells enough to do something about it, and doing our best to never falter, even when we make mistakes.

And that, my friend, is the meaning of life.

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