What Is The Meaning of Life?
The meaning of life has been a frequently asked question by philosophers, religious leaders, and ordinary people alike. The word ‘life’ has many meanings depending on the context it is used in, but the one common thread that connects them all is that it implies an end. In the most basic sense, the meaning of life is the absence of death. In this sense, death is not the cause of life, but rather the completion of its journey.
The other meaning of life is that of an intelligent purpose. In fact, the definition of an intelligent purpose can be considered the most important aspect of the meaning of life. Theists define the idea of a reason or purpose as God giving people His only begotten son, Adam, in the pre-determined order and environment, so that He could receive the blessings of heaven. The atheists prefer to think of the origin of life as chance. Universal laws, mutation, chance, and intelligence are all theories that scientists believe describe how life began. No matter which theory is accepted, theists and atheists agree that there is a meaning of life that is a reason for the existence of the universe and all of the planets in the solar system.
In my opinion, the best way to answer the question of the meaning of life is to look to the philosophy of the great philosopher Aristotle – the idea of a purpose for life is what he called the Aesthetic Phenomenon. The Aesthetic Phenomenon suggests that we see beauty in just about everything, including the random acts of generating us as an entirely different person. In essence, for the Aesthetic Phenomenon, the purpose or meaning of life is finding a purpose for existing.