Meaning of life? Is not he trying to find love? Or to get children? Or to realize oneself? Or all at once? Hm … let’s see!
For all love, ecstasy and joy – life can be quite exhausting ! This permanent metabolism, hunger, thirst, tiredness, hormone fluctuations, back pain, aging … poof! Then there are things like separation pain, pressure to perform, wanderlust, internal conflicts and uncertainties that keep us awake at night and allow us to ponder the meaning of life … Mannomann. And to make matters worse, at the moment it looks as if we humans are destroying the environment and the earth is better off without us. No wonder that one or the other sometimes asks the question: why all this …?
Meaning of life: 11 signs that yours has one
First of all, the good news: You do not need to know the meaning of your life, to lead a meaningful and good life . For example, look at children, jellyfish or toadstools: they all live on their own, unwavering and exactly as they should, without being able to explain themselves or their meaning to their lives.
Sure, we are neither children (except maybe in the heart) nor jellyfish or toadstools, but that just means that our lives should be different than a child’s or a jellyfish if possible. After all, we have completely different possibilities and requirements. How should it look like? If you can put a hook behind one or more of the following things, like yours!
- You get up (almost) every morning.
- You do not want to die.
- You see some things differently than your fellow human beings.
- When you are hungry, you eat (mostly and if possible).
- There is or was at least one person who loves you.
- There is or was at least one person you love.
- You have at least one memory that makes you happy.
- You have already had your heart broken and you have survived it.
- Sometimes you make decisions from the gut.
- You would like to experience a lot of new things.
- You would accept unpleasant changes to continue living.
Meaning of life: what is it all about?
Has the question of the meaning of life done with it? Nope! For most probably not. Finally it falls z. For example, it is much easier to overcome phases of separation or to endure a severe loss if you know why.
However, then we are already at the bad news: In all the millennia, in which people have thought about the meaning of life, no one has found an answer in which everyone clapped their hands and said: ” So, we would have that finally clarified. “So we should rather not make too big hopes …
One of the problems in clarifying the meaning of meaning is that even the question is not entirely clear:
- What’s the point? Is it the same as purpose? Or how meaning?
- Which life is meant at all? Mine? Yours? That of an adult? Or life itself?
Fortunately, we do not have to answer everything individually, because we know our main intentions to deal with the meaning of life. We want to know …
- … how we should lead our lives (so that it makes sense).
- … why we should hold out, even if everything is stupid.
Then the answers are again very easy! 😅
Meaning of life: How do I lead a meaningful life?
Some think they need to do something great to lead a meaningful life, such as: Thomas Edison, Nelson Mandela or Lady Gaga. In truth, there are not a very meaningful life – every life lived is equally meaningful. When asked what a successful, meaningful life looks like, there can not be one or a few, but only tens of billions of different real (!) Answers for the following reason: The success story of life is based on diversity and individuality . From the simplest single-celled organisms, countless species have developed, with which we share our habitat. Daisies, peat moss, octopuses, lions, giraffes, bees, humans. Together we have filled all areas of the earth with life : water, forest, desert, sky, glacier …
What do we have from it? If our habitat z. For example, if we suddenly change drastically, we have a good chance of preserving one or the other form of life – and preserving life itself.
What does that mean for our lives? Quite simply: The top priority for life is obviously self-preservation or self-care . Whether a priority of this kind is now the same as meaning, it is arguable, but it is certain: Who convinced the success story of life and who would like to join in, should best explain self-care in their own lives to the priority .
But that's not all.
So that the concept of life really works, we as individuals have to live out our very own peculiarities as best as possible or as much as possible . Why? If, for example, a gazelle behaved like a lion rather than a gazelle, she obviously would not play the game. If we let ourselves float in the sea as human beings like jellyfish, we would also break the rules - and presumably die as well. Exactly the same applies at the level of individuals, especially for us humans.
The peculiarity of man
As humans, we differ from many species in that we have more freedom and opportunities . For example ...
- we do not necessarily have to reproduce ourselves so that our species is preserved.
- we can move, and thanks to cars, trains and co. also pretty fast.
- We do not need to spend a lot of effort to supply nutrients to our bodies or to protect ourselves from the weather and seasons.
- we can plan our future and recall past experiences to add to current decisions.
All this gives us a lot of time and energy to deal with other things like the meaning of life. Even though we sometimes find that exhausting and therefore can not fall asleep: That's part of becoming human .
Through these freedoms and possibilities, man is a life form with particularly stark differences in individual expression . Two lions may have different territories, families, hunting grounds, etc. Two people have different professions, hobbies, habits, cooking skills, talents, ways to deal with emotions, writings and so on. This is the very special feature of our kind: Although we are all equally meaningful and valuable for the big picture, we are extremely different .
The result is probably the clearest instruction or task that puts life to each of us: We should live as it feels right for us . After all, if you live as others pretend or do, you would not have to be present yourself - because that could be anyone's and possibly even a chimpanzee. (Not that we wanted to, but by the way, the pursuit of certain ideals of beauty or the compulsive participation of each trend would be the most pointless thing we could do with ours ...)
Sense of Life: Why Persevere?
Considered soberly, the task of self-restraint keeps us busy, even if it gets uncomfortable - but unfortunately that's not a particularly great motivation. But how about that: It's guaranteed to be uphill again ! The older we get and the more depths we survive, the more self-confident and stronger we master sensory and life crises. On the one hand because we know that we can, but on the other because our experiences have taught us that life can always turn out well. But then we are no longer in the meaning of life, but in the sense of hope ...
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