The Meaning of Life by Albert Camus

“The meaning of life is the search for what we can do with our lives.” That question is one of the most persistent themes of the human condition. In response, religions have long sought to define what life is all about. Some of the most popular religious texts include the Bible, the Buddhist scriptures, and the New Testament. Other writings address the same questions. Some are more controversial, such as The Meaning of Life by Albert Camus, which examines the relationship between the individual and the divine.

The Meaning of Life

The meaning of life can be heightened by achieving personal growth, such as becoming a professional dancer or completing a scientific discovery. Likewise, one can diminish the sense of meaning by living an immoral or unhappy life. Ultimately, the concepts of purpose and meaning are related and if one of them is low, the other will suffer. If one does not have a high level of all three components, it is hard to find a sense of meaning in their lives.

The three components of meaning are comprehension, purpose, and mattering. These concepts are interdependent. A low degree in any of these components will lead to a lower degree in the others. Consequently, the three elements are necessary for a high-level of life satisfaction. The four essential dimensions of life are: understanding, meaning, and purpose. These are not independent; they are all interdependent. In short, they all matter, and each of them is necessary for happiness.