The meaning of life¶
What is the meaning of life? What are the important things in life? What does it mean to live a good, fulfilled life? How to live in peace with yourself and the others?
This kind of question has always been asked by humans, and no religious or political teaching can give a definitive and reasonably clear answer.
Douglas Adams humorously describes in his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy how a distant people in a distant galaxy builds a supercomputer to find the answer to the “Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”. After 1,5 Million years of computing it announces the answer, which is simply 42. Adams concludes that the problem is the question, not the answer.
Does my life make sense? Does it make sense to live? This question is absurd because any system “makes sense” only for some observer who looks at it from the outside. Some time ago it was possible to ask whether a given slave made sense. Nowadays slavery has been abolished. Because I am a free human, my life makes sense only if humanity as a whole makes sense. And humanity as a whole makes sense only if the Universe makes sense.
Life, the Universe and everything makes sense only if there is some world beyond the visible world. This hypothetical world must be invisible to us, i.e. not detectable by any scientific method. It has neither a clear definition nor a name because by definition it lies beyond our thinking. It is bigger than anything we can conceive.
- Visible world
The world that humanity can observe and analyze using scientific method.
Using this term implies the potential existence of one or several “invisible” worlds.
- Kingdom of God
An assumed invisible world where God rules and where divine law applies.
Christians believe that the Kingdom of God exists and penetrates the visible world.
The hypothetical undefinable unique being assumed by monotheistic religions as the creator of the world.