Pondering the Meaning of Life …

So, I’m having sort of a crummy day. 

     I need some answers.

I’m sitting here pondering life and death and all the stuff that goes on in between and I’m just trying desperately to make a little sense of it all.

I mean, what is really going on? 

     Why are we here? 

          What is the point?

There is a point … I know there is.   I believe this sincerely.

I just don’t know what it is. 

And I realize it’s way too big for me or any other human being to understand.

But, it doesn’t keep me from struggling for an answer.

Any constructive input to help me clear this up would be greatly appreciated …

Judson

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15 Responses to Pondering the Meaning of Life …

  1. brohammas says:

    If the meaning of life were truly hard for us to understand, then it would be a waste as we would infact, miss the point.
    Truly, all joking aside, I do not know what you think of “us” but check out http://www.mormon.org

    • Judson says:

      I have spent time at the Tabernacle and the rest of the Mormon complex in Salt Lake City. I think that Christians in general have trouble getting their minds around the Mormon doctrine. Mostly, I think it is because we don’t really understand it fully. There appear to be more similarities than differences, honestly.

  2. lesliepaints says:

    Crummy days only exist so we know when the good ones come along.

  3. Guy says:

    Here’s what a recent survey found:
    • a quarter (27%) of people think the meaning of life is to lovingly help others and make the world better
    • 20% think it is to reproduce and continue your genes and the human race
    • 20% say it is to seek truth and create meaning for ourself
    • 10% believe it is to learn how to serve and worship God
    • 10% say it is to find happiness, while
    • 10% cite there is no meaning
    Source: ongoing survey at http://www.meaningoflifebook.com

    While it seems there are several possible meanings, science is beginning to reveal that there is one fundamental purpose to all life.

    It shows that at its most fundamental level, everything – yes absolutely everything you see and experience – is made of energy. Everything, including life, is the result of this energy, its flow and interaction. Scientists such as Schneider and Sagan have shown how the flow of energy created life.

    Still not sure – consider how you are physically composed of 25 or so chemicals – just like everyone else. So how are you different? While all our chemicals might be the same, the energy mixed with them is different in each of us. For example, while we all have bodies with similar brains with a similar number of nerves in each, the way those nerves are connected is different in each of us. The experiences, learnings and resulting nerve connections are unique and are what makes you whom you are, makes your character and personality. Science can’t specifically tell us precisely how your character and personality works, but you know you have one that stares at us from the mirror each day. Your character cannot be easily seen, even described or its location pinpointed in scientific terms, but it exists – through the interaction of energy. As such, a major part of you is energy, in particular how your energy flows and balances.

    While the purpose of all life might be to help energy flow, the same laws of energy indicate that a meaning of your own life is to find and convey information and then use it to bring about change through some sort of work.

    Is this science echoing those scriptures that suggest you have your own unique ‘gift’ that you should use? What does your energy enable you to do best? This can be as simple as determining what you are truly passionate about or what you do better than anyone else. Unfortunately, many of us are not. As such, the individual meaning of your life is for you to discover what makes your energy flow best within you.

    How you use energy best varies for everyone. Therefore, everyone has a slightly different meaning to someone else.

    In short, while the purpose of all life is about helping energy flow, spread and balance, your individual meaning is about determining how you do this best, what you do that helps your energies flow best.

    Ignoring this means your energy will be all mixed up and life just chaotic. This is what most scriptures and spiritual writings are trying to tell us – but just didn’t understand energy well enough.

    Vote on what the meaning of life is at http://www.meaningoflifebook.com

  4. territerri says:

    I don’t have any facts or percentages to quote, but I can tell you I’ve often wondered the same thing. Seems to me that so many people struggle just to simply be happy, that the meaning of life HAS to do with figuring out how to go about doing that.

  5. Judson says:

    Hey Terri … Bobby Ferrin might have been on to something … “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” … I’m going to give it a try!

  6. nrhatch says:

    Judson ~

    The Dalai Lama says we are here to be happy, and to make others happy. And I, for one, am NOT going to argue with the Dalai Lama:

    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/the-art-of-happiness/

    Bobby McFerrin is right too: http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/07/31/dont-worry-be-happy/

    Now I feel like a spammer . . . wall-papering your post with links to my articles. But they seem “on point” and, well, I’m too lazy to paraphrase them. Cheers!

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  8. educlaytion says:

    I believe there are some aspects of existence that are beyond our understanding, but I don’t believe that the point of life is one of them. I don’t know where you’re coming from, but a post like this, questions like these, are so honest and important that I can’t think of any other topic more worthwhile. I’m a little late in finding this post, but I have some thoughts although I have to defer to some folks I think are really the best in answering these questions.

    There are four main types of questions we are all desperately asking: Origin, Meaning, Morality, and Destiny. Any philosophy/religion must be able to explain all four. We’re talking about meaning here.

    I’m not sure if you know who Ravi Zacharias is, but he’s spent 3 decades crisscrossing the world and speaking to hundreds of thousands of people, especially on college campuses. This clip comes from Ohio State when he and Bill Craig took on the biggest questions of all time at the Veritas Forum. The first 10 minutes of this clip are Ravi explaining that whatever your worldview is, meaning comes from four components. There are literally hundreds of clips from him, but this one discusses your question in a unique way. I hope you find this useful in some way.

    • Judson says:

      At the moment I wrote this, I had just lost two good friends over the course of a couple of months. I’d also lost my Mom a while earlier. 2010 was a rough patch for me from that perspective. I have appreciated this and all the constructive input that this post has inspired.

      — Judson

  9. I remember being judgemental once about hearing a women explain the meaning of something that had a huge impact in her life. I told a friend (who also hear the woman) later, “That’s crazy! She is so off base!” My friend turned to me and said “Who cares?” I was stunned. I asked her how she could feel that way when the woman was SO wrong. My friend said “It doesn’t matter. If it serves her in a positive way, that’s the value.” We debate and ponder and search. All that matters is that we choose whatever works for us, whatever gives meaning to our lives, allows us to love unconditionally and to accept love, helps us deal with loss and difficulty, and allows us to leave this world a better place than when we entered. That should be our truth.

  10. Judson says:

    Well said … thanks. Individual perspective is certainly important.

  11. veloso says:

    Judson,

    I really liked the cartoon “birth – in between stuff – death …”. Could you please tell me who is its author?

    Thanks

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