The Meaning of Life

The meaning of life is an inherently subjective matter, varying according to the pro-attitudes of the individual. Examples of meaning-giving activity include getting what one wants strongly, achieving high goals, or doing something one thinks is important. The influential subjectivist maintains that our meaningful activities are the ones that we consider important. For some, the meaning of life can be found in a person’s love for his or her family, their community, or the world.

Religious perspectives on the meaning of life generally explain life in terms of an implied purpose undefined by humans. Several leading religious bodies have signed the Charter for Compassion, which calls for universal compassion. Others, however, view religious commentary and ritual as important elements of meaning. Whatever a person believes, they are entitled to a fulfilling life. But what is the real purpose of life? For most of us, it’s more than money, fame, or family.

Many philosophers believe that the ultimate meaning of life is a meaningful action. In other words, we have the ability to make sense of our lives based on certain ideas. For instance, we can say that taking an ax from a madman’s hands confers meaning on our lives. While the act of stealing an ax may be personally meaningful, it may not be the case for a machine gun. For this reason, the concept of meaning is generally generalizable and cannot be reduced to any particular case.