WHAT ABOUT OUR SPIRITUALITY?
SURELY WE ARE MORE THAN JUST FLESH AND BONE ...?
“What is the meaning of life?” is probably a question every human being thinks about at some point in his or her life.
Maybe when you are watching the stars in the night sky, or when you gaze at spectacular world view, you can’t help but wonder what is the sense of all of this. The intriguing question “Why am I here?” has been a driving force of philosophy and different schools of thoughts.
In general, the outlook on life can be divided into two types of answers: the religious perspectives and the secular perspectives.
A number of people include religious elements to their meaning of life. The religious perspectives tend to ascribe to an ‘outside’ force, which provides purpose and meaning. More importantly, the external force or spirit is what is said to guide the behaviour, often not just in this life, but the one after.
Often, the various religions views in answering the question “What is the meaning of life” revolve around purpose and meaning and are focused on not just the here and now, but what happens to you after your time ends on this earth.
RIGHT AND WRONG?
For non-religious people, there is generally no specific meaning of life. Instead of turning outwards to seek for a purpose, it is believed that people should consider the things that provide them happiness and meaning. Therefore, instead of focusing on the sense of life, there is a focus on figuring out what makes you happy. This results in the essential meaning of life to be maximising pleasure and minimizing pain. But for people to be happy, they need to decide for themselves what is right and wrong.
NO SUCH THING AS ABSOLUTE TRUTH?
WHAT IS THE TRUTH?
But deciding what is right and what is wrong becomes problematic when so many people in our post-modern society believe that there is no such thing as absolute truth. For many people, the idea is truth is relative; i.e. truth for you may not be truth for me. In fact, many people go as far as to say that they do not believe there is any point to human existence at all.
Because the future is uncertain millions of people believe that we must live in the moment, not by planning for the future. In essence, the meaning of life would be to seek things that are most enjoyable to you in the moment, even if it’s outside of the social convention.
IS THERE SOMETHING OUTSIDE OURSELVES?
The idea is to discover yourself – to find the things that define YOU. To ponder on things that are most important to YOU and personal values that matter to YOU the most. Reflecting on what in your everyday life is important to YOU and thereby discovering your own inner passion and talent. This, it is said is what will help you live a more purposeful life.
I don’t know whether you noticed; everything that doesn’t consider an ‘outside yourself’ content is all about YOU. WE shall find out more as we go through our story whether there is another way to consider the meaning of our lives – one that doesn’t spend every minute thinking about ourselves only!
SO, IS THERE SOMETHING OUTSIDE OURSELVES?