This Is Deep!!!

My friend Elizabeth asked me a question the other day. She asked what I thought the meaning of life was. She is compiling answers for a project or simple interest - I don't recall.
Bloody hell if I know - was my first thought.
My second thought - and this was my rushed answer - But, I thought it might be to see if we, the human race, are capable of improving. Can we become better in every way. Stop killing each other, stop killing the planet, stop killing simplicity.
I've thought about this a lot.
So, to all of you who dare to share. Please, tell me, what do you think the meaning of life is?
I can't wait to read your notes..and Elizabeth..please enjoy some more perspectives!

27 comments:

country girl said...

I believe the purpose of life is self-realization and love.

Tom Stephenson said...

Good question, Heather. I'll give it some thought and get back to you in a couple of days. Tom.

mise said...

Hello Elizabeth! It seems to me that 'meaning' is a concept subsumed within 'life' (without rational thought, is there such a thing as significance?), so the question becomes recursive. In ascribing meaning, we're creating order within ourselves, which is what we do because we're alive. The whole thing is baffling.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I believe it depends on each person's personal walk in this life, to make it what they feel leads them. For me, it's tending to my family, home and my personal needs to make me feel content. God blessed me with a good life, I hope to bless others even in small ways that matter.

Scattering Lupines said...

First, to glorify God.

And through that, to learn to open ourselves to others, putting aside selfish ambition and insecurity (probably our two biggest enemies), and serve those with whom we share the world!

Was that too much??? :)

VictoriaArt said...

First is that we are, there is actually no concrete meaning behind. We simply excist, born from love (hopefully) out of the need to keep going as human race; there is the urge to reproduce...
But to fill our lifes with meaning is an art, I am striving for too. As many people, as many ways to find meaning. Our place on earth gives the clues, the people around us, our single life situation, our thinking, the character we shape in us and our children, the love we feel towards this earth we were born into, the connection we feel towards each other and within the universe, the poetry we see in nature, words and gestures, peace we want to make, or the ideas and philosophies which guide us. The things we learn, the things we teach.
I want to fill my life with love, live aware of the gift of my life and others around me and to make that journey brimful with expirience is the meaning of my life. To use my talents to inspire and leave behind the legacy of a warm caring human being.

What a great idea to post on this! Thank you!

Victoria

koralee said...

Ha...thats a good one my friend. No life changing thoughts coming from this gal at 6:30am this morning. I will think about it and get back to you...{but don't hold your breath..waiting for me}

Tara said...

That is a good question, very though provoking, and my intitial reacation was the pursuit of happiness...as we live life we make choices, we make mistakes, we love, we lose, we sometimes fall...but I think the whole time we are searching for happiness...the meaning of life.

Celestial Charms said...

Just off the top of my head...the journey to return to nature's core, striving to be surrounded by love and understanding. I would need another cup of coffee to add to that :)
Maureen

Robin said...

The meaning of life: hard to answer in a few simple words and I think for each person the answer is going to be different, since were all so different. But here goes...

Its about relationships. We form bonds with those around us; giving and receiving, learning and understanding, teaching and inspiring. The time we spend with others affects who we are and what we will become.

I hope that makes sense.

Pinecone Camp said...

That's a tough one. I grew up very poor, with a mom and 6 siblings. I'm on a constant search for meaning. Why do some suffer so much, while others cruise through life with ease? This requires much more thought! Great post H.

vintage simple said...

I'd like to say that my first reaction matches yours, pretty much.

After giving it not much more thought, I'd say, the meaning of life is the ability to enjoy that life. Not something I always remember to do - and in not doing so...aren't I missing the point? The meaning of life, that is?

That's the best I can do for the moment. If I have any brilliant revelations (ha!), I'll come back and make sure to post it for your friend Elizabeth.

xo,
-maria

Avril Leigh said...

The meanings I take from life...and it has to be in the plural...are a search for fulfillment in work and in relationships and family; the delight in loving and being loved; finding a sense of adventure in everything we undertake; creating something that will be left behind when we are long gone: an art work, a garden, a family, a piece of writing, and values that will be remembered and upheld.

Tom Stephenson said...

Well so far we are all in agreement that it's a bit of a two pipe problem, but that's about it.

If anyone comes up with the answer whilst I'm asleep in a different time-zone, give me a call and wake me up.

North West London Girl said...

I love this question and the answer will be different for everyone. For me today it is fulfilment, and tomorrow it may be something else entirely. xx

Tom Stephenson said...

I'll pass on the clues that have been passed on to me. I hate to say it, But I think that 'Scattering Lupines' has come the closest, but I don't know how much of what he/she says is down to Wolf Shit.

We won't have an accurate answer until we die, and we shouldn't be in too much of a hurry to have an accurate answer. Sleep is just a series of practice runs.

Time does not necessarily go from A to B in a linear fashion, and neither do dreams. Our moments of lucidity are just chips off the old block, which is why we should all be nice to each other. That's where morality comes into it.

If you hate children, then you hate yourself. If you hate food, then you hate life. If you are cruel to others, then you harm yourself. If you lose your sense of humour, than you've lost the plot.

I have come to believe that we are all fragments of a mirror that (for want of a better word) 'God' broke some time ago, and is trying to work out the best way of putting back together again.

Nina Diane said...

happiness! I believe God loves us so much he wants us on earth to be happy and enjoy the beauty all around us

Barbara said...

I rarely take time to think this deeply. Not that I'm not capable, but sometimes thinking too hard about something allows you to miss the point.
I just go about my life, hopefully contributing something valuable to society, keeping a healthy prospective on things, keeping a sense of humor and hoping the world will be a better place for my having been in it.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i like what pinecone camp said...why is it easy for some..and not so easy for others...

but i am still thinking about it....

Tom Stephenson said...

Apologies in advance:

http://tomstephenson.blogspot.com/2010/02/this-is-shallow.html

Jen said...

http://www.mormon.org/mormonorg/eng/basic-beliefs/heavenly-father-s-plan-of-happiness/heavenly-father-s-plan-of-happiness

Please see this link for information on where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. Heavenly Father loves us as His children and He provided a plan for us to return to His presence.

CRO MAGNON said...

I don't think there is any 'Meaning' of life. We should think in terms of 'Purpose'.

Obscurum per obscurius.

http://magnonsmeanderings.blogspot.com

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Oh Claudey Claude, what a question for this time of the Morning!

I dont have a clue! but my philosophy is to be "present" in my life, to show up for each and every moment and try to appreciate or understand things around me. I take pleasure in the little details of life, sun glinting on the water, the green shoots of Spring oh, and laughter. I think laughter makes us unique, no other creatures that I know of shares in this singularly human joy!

Sorry, was that a bit of a jumble? streams of consciousness and all that......

Anyway, I wanted to say a huge thank you Heather for awarding me with the Kreativ blogger thingummy-jig! Marvelous of you! I hope you don't mind I have linked to you on my Bookish post!

Have a brilliant weekend,

Sarah x

Diane said...

Well, maybe that should be thought of in the inverse: a life of meaning. I know that my children gave my life meaning, so they are the meaning of life for me. I also think living your authentic life (the one you are meant to live and want to live without the trappings and pressures of society and "keeping up with the Joneses") gives your life meaning. I also think that the meaning of life is learning to be grateful, gracious, and to show unconditional love.

Beach Vintage said...

I posted about this a few weeks ago. I honestly believe the meaning of life is to experience love in all forms especially the love that comes from a family.

AnnaVallance said...

Sort of answering the question which is very hard to do but we need to reconnect with Nature, find the Divine in ourselves, and try to live without harming anything especially the Earth. I really don't know.

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Hi,
I came by way of your lovely blog via Sarah Jane Down the Lane...
I will definitely be bookmarking yours!
Thanks for sharing lots of wonderful inspirations...
Well the meaning of life, eh?...can't escape the spiritual, and even though this sounds a little old fashioned maybe to some, I think this sums it up for me.

'...Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man'.
Ecclesiastes 12:13

Not an easy task!