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Sidewalker
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11/7/2012 5:43:27 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
"It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive." " C. W. Leadbeater
Seremonia
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11/7/2012 6:22:04 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
What is the meaning of life?

I will not answer directly, but from the other direction.

We have the ability of perception that can be traced back to the left and right brain hemispheres.

It is possible the question "what is the meaning of life" is closely connected with practical answers that can be justified by our reasoning, or it's strongly related to another dimension (beyond five senses) that can only be perceived through the activation of the other hemisphere.

This means that, by activating the two hemispheres of our brain, maybe we can perceive something wider than before, clearly than before and still reasonable and this will lead to understanding and it can be used to answer this question, not only in terms of practical and with justification that relies on five senses, but can also be understood from another dimension, again, and still reasonable. And we may find the answer to this question personally. AND FURTHER, it can be justified through our experiences to see whether it will give benefit for us or not.

Indeed, is not the answer to the OP's question, but this is more of a suggestion to be able to find answers for ourselves.

Besides we are philosophers, right? We have to be open minded.

In my opinion, the most crucial on philosophizing, BETTER AND BETTER, must be related to this:

- One of the consequence of "love wisdom" is to accept the use of both sides of our brain (at the power level closer to each other), unless "love wisdom" is dealing with unfairness.

Cheers
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EvanK
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11/7/2012 7:26:51 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Life has whatever meaning you apply to it.
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jat93
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11/8/2012 2:10:34 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
I think the following quotes might help you figure out the meaning of life. Read these and hopefully you'll have an interesting perspective change, as happened to me when I read them at various points.

The meaning of life is to give life meaning.

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you. - Neil Degrasse Tyson

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing -- then we truly live life. - Greg Anderson

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. - Anais Nin

Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.
- Joseph Campbell

Because children grow up, we think a child's purpose is to grow up. But a child's purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn't disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don't value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life's bounty is in its flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it's been sung? The dance when it's been danced? It's only we humans who want to own the future, too. We persuade ourselves that the universe is modestly employed in unfolding our destination. We note the haphazard chaos of history by the day, by the hour, but there is something wrong with the picture. Where is the unity, the meaning, of nature's highest creation? Surely those millions of little streams of accident and wilfulness have their correction in the vast underground river which, without a doubt, is carrying us to the place where we're expected! But there is no such place, that's why it's called utopia. The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. If we can't arrange our own happiness, it's a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us. - Tom Stoppard

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. - Robert Louis Stevenson

The purpose of life is to stay alive. Watch any animal in nature--all it tries to do is stay alive. It doesn't care about beliefs or philosophy. Whenever any animal's behavior puts it out of touch with the realities of its existence, it becomes extinct. - Michael Crichton

About once or twice every month I engage in public debates with those whose pressing need it is to woo and to win the approval of supernatural beings. Very often, when I give my view that there is no supernatural dimension, and certainly not one that is only or especially available to the faithful, and that the natural world is wonderful enough -and even miraculous enough if you insist -I attract pitying looks and anxious questions. How, in that case, I am asked, do I find meaning and purpose in life? How does a mere and gross materialist, with no expectation of a life to come, decide what, if anything, is worth caring about?

Depending on my mood, I sometimes but not always refrain from pointing out what a breathtakingly insulting and patronizing question this is. (It is on a par with the equally subtle inquiry: Since you don't believe in our god, what stops you from stealing and lying and raping and killing to your heart's content?) Just as the answer to the latter question is: self-respect and the desire for the respect of others - while in the meantime it is precisely those who think they have divine permission who are truly capable of any atrocity - so the answer to the first question falls into two parts. A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called 'meaningless' except if the person living it is also an existentialist and elects to call it so. It could be that all existence is a pointless joke, but it is not in fact possible to live one's everyday life as if this were so. Whereas if one sought to define meaninglessness and futility, the idea that a human life should be expended in the guilty, fearful, self-obsessed propitiation of supernatural nonentities... But there, there. Enough.

- Christopher Hitchens

"Beyond work and love, I would add two other ingredients that give meaning to life. First, to fulfill whatever talents we are born with. However blessed we are by fate with different abilities and strengths, we should try to develop them to the fullest, rather than allow them to atrophy and decay. We all know individuals who did not fulfill the promise they showed in childhood. Many of them became haunted by the image of what they might have become. Instead of blaming fate, I think we should accept ourselves as we are and try to fulfill whatever dreams are within our capability.

Second, we should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it. As individuals, we can make a difference, whether it is to probe the secrets of Nature, to clean up the environment and work for peace and social justice, or to nurture the inquisitive, vibrant spirit of the young by being a mentor and a guide."

- Michio Kaku
FREEDO
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11/8/2012 7:44:30 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Life
noun
plural lives

1
a : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body
b : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings
c : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction
2
a : the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual
b : one or more aspects of the process of living <sex life of the frog>
3: biography 1
4: spiritual existence transcending physical death
5
a : the period from birth to death
b : a specific phase of earthly existence
c : the period from an event until death
d : a sentence of imprisonment for the remainder of a convict's life
6: a way or manner of living
7: livelihood
8: a vital or living being; specifically : person <many lives were lost in the disaster>
9: an animating and shaping force or principle
10: spirit, animation <saw no life in her dancing>
11: the form or pattern of something existing in reality <painted from life>
12: the period of duration, usefulness, or popularity of something <the expected life of the batteries>
13: the period of existence (as of a subatomic particle) " compare half-life
14: a property (as resilience or elasticity) of an inanimate substance or object resembling the animate quality of a living being
15: living beings (as of a particular kind or environment) <forest life>
16
a : human activities
b : animate activity and movement <stirrings of life>
c : the activities of a given sphere, area, or time <the political life of the country>
17: one providing interest and vigor <life of the party>
18: an opportunity for continued viability <gave the patient a new life>
19: capitalized Christian Science : god 1b
20: something resembling animate life

-- Merriam Webster Dictionary
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fnord
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11/9/2012 3:25:47 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 11/8/2012 7:44:30 PM, FREEDO wrote:
Life
noun
plural lives

1
a : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body
b : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings
c : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction
2
a : the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual
b : one or more aspects of the process of living <sex life of the frog>
3: biography 1
4: spiritual existence transcending physical death
5
a : the period from birth to death
b : a specific phase of earthly existence
c : the period from an event until death
d : a sentence of imprisonment for the remainder of a convict's life
6: a way or manner of living
7: livelihood
8: a vital or living being; specifically : person <many lives were lost in the disaster>
9: an animating and shaping force or principle
10: spirit, animation <saw no life in her dancing>
11: the form or pattern of something existing in reality <painted from life>
12: the period of duration, usefulness, or popularity of something <the expected life of the batteries>
13: the period of existence (as of a subatomic particle) " compare half-life
14: a property (as resilience or elasticity) of an inanimate substance or object resembling the animate quality of a living being
15: living beings (as of a particular kind or environment) <forest life>
16
a : human activities
b : animate activity and movement <stirrings of life>
c : the activities of a given sphere, area, or time <the political life of the country>
17: one providing interest and vigor <life of the party>
18: an opportunity for continued viability <gave the patient a new life>
19: capitalized Christian Science : god 1b
20: something resembling animate life

-- Merriam Webster Dictionary

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tBoonePickens
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11/9/2012 3:31:44 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 11/7/2012 5:43:27 PM, Sidewalker wrote:
42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Dammit! You beat me to it!
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: At 10/3/2012 4:28:52 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
: Without nothing existing, you couldn't have something.