Whether there is any underlying point in life has been a central feature of philosophy throughout the ages. It would seem to me that rather than being here for a reason, humans are simply the product of thousands of years of evolution and their upbringing, judging what they do and what they consider worthy of doing. Can there really be any true meaning to life, besides superficial meaning created by humans themselves?
The meaning in life is a personal thing. If you are religious then you can derive meaning from the various heavens and other such rewards for behavior after life. But even if you are not religious then meaning can be derived from self worth and value. This meaning that the amount of information in the world and the things to do are more than a single human can accomplish in a single lifetime. The things that you do in your time alive is how meaning can be given to your life. If you do things that make you feel that you have value and contribute to humanity then your life has meaning because you have accomplished something worth remembering.
The comment by Craighawley215 is really what I am inquiring about here: can there ever be a universal meaning to the existence of any one person. I take your point that doing something because you believe it is worthy or living your life according to a religious faith may give a meaning to your actions, but this doesn't necessarily mean that the action simply of living has purpose. Rather, it is a trivial consequence of what has happened in the past. Doesn't the fact that there are so many different and conflicting objectives and desires which people think give their lives meaning simply support that all 'meaning' itself is superficial, and just impulsive desire?
Truly the various desires of the people around us may have meaning from their desires, but if the reason that we (humanity) are here is up to further debate but the Meaning we derive from what is around us is what we spend our time on. This meaning that what we put value on is the Meaning that we get from life. If your goal is to get rich you will get rich because you will make it happen. If your goal is to become famous or popular you can find a way. The true Meaning of life is what you choose to focus on. If I may interject a little of my own philosophy the reason we are here is to learn. what we do after we die is another debate waiting to happen but we enter this world with no knowledge and as we grow and go through life we gain experience and understanding of the world and by passing this on our lives have meaning because we saved some poor soul the trouble of experiencing something that is better left alone. If you are remembered you never truly die and your life has meaning.
Due to the lack of response from vocalmajority I will merely state three things for this round and call it good
1) Meaning is a personal thing if you believe it to exist you will create it for yourself.
2) Meaning can come from finding something to do with ones life and the simple act of doing something worthwhile gives life meaning
3) Being remembered by people allows you to live on. for example any author who writes a book will life on as long as someone reads their book, but being remembered doesn't have to come from writing a book it can merely be by having someone who will follow in the path that you set down or a path that you wish you could have taken in life and this individual can be your child or just someone you help in life.
These are the biggest ways to have meaning in life
It would seem that VocalMajority has just left the debate which is sad because I wished for more of a challenge in the debate because the meaning or purpose of this debate is to determine whether or not life has purpose, and the answer is wholly dependent on the individual and how they see and believe life should go and their own personal beliefs. And as a believer in a higher power than that of mortal man. I find that life is for the individual what the individual makes of it and only by personal examination can purpose of life be found and so while some may find no meaning the people who do deserve some consideration especially if they receive no pay and sometimes praise for the work they do.
It seems to me that VocalMajority has left the debate and so by default it seems that i will win but the meaning of this debate was to decide whether or not life has real meaning and the answer is yes and those who disagree also have meaning in their lives but are not willing to acknowledge it.
That is all.
May the meaning that you find in life be a positive influence on others.