What Is The Meaning Of Life?

The Meaning of Life

What Is The Meaning Of Life?

The meaning of life, as expressed by philosophers like Socrates, seems to boil down to this idea: everything is life because it is inherently part of a larger life: a universe that is, in a sense, always alive, as it evolves and adapts to its surroundings. Some philosophers argue that life is simply the continual process of adaptation, given that nothing ever stays the same, and that there is always a constant in nature. I think this is a useful philosophical argument insofar as it gives some philosophical substance to the “meaning of life” questions that arise from our daily lives (I was looking at this some weeks ago when I read Richard Carlson’s book The Meaning of Life). I would call this the meaning of life interpretation or view, and it certainly gives some hope to those who feel that understanding life is not all that easy.

But if you ask me, the meaning of life is having real, meaningful and long-lasting relationships with those who are dear to us. I think there is a lot more to it than just this. The key to happiness, as explained by philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, is the cultivation of friendship and companionship. Indeed, philosophers have been arguing for decades over whether or not philosophy can provide a satisfactory answer to the fundamental question of how to live: what is the meaning of life? And while this argument has been going on for thousands of years, our technological advances, which allow us to live much more rapidly and productively than previously understood, have only accentuated the dilemma.

In the end, all that really matters is whether you find the right philosophical foundation for your own life. If you do, then the meaning of life will be found in the contentment you experience in your life – the joy in doing and being creative, in building and nurturing relationships, and in contributing towards a better future. If you don’t, then you are doomed to live a miserable life – no matter how good the material things you have. So take philosophy seriously and seek out answers for yourself; you’ll be surprised at what great questions the world’s greatest philosopher can find.