Life is a gift

A key question in life is whether you want to perceive it as a gift or not.

Perceiving life as a gift means that you feel like a child who gets from their parents everything they need for daily life. Young children usually take this gift as something natural, without gratefulness. When they get older, they gradually realize how lucky they are or have been. They become grateful and motivated to give something back in turn. Of course this mechanism is not fool-proof and can easily get disturbed. But we probably agree that it is an essential component of human life on earth. The benefits and challenges of perceiving life as a gift can be studied scientifically for real children and their parents.

Scientific observations in the real world invite us to imagine that something similar might be valid at a higher metaphysical level as well: humanity as a “child” of a “father” in “heaven”. This idea is a basic teaching of Christian faith. Seeing Life on Earth as a gift is one of the essential messages of the Good News.

Your interactions with your fellow humans fundamentally depend on whether you believe that Life on Earth is a gift for which you want to give something in return.

Fundamentally implies that the result is not always very visible. The key question is whether you want to perceive it or not. I am aiming at your goals and intentions rather than how well you actually achieve your goals. Success is important as well, but at a secondary level.