The meaning of life¶
What is the meaning of life? This question is maybe the most basic of all existential questions. It 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.
All religious systems do basically the same thing: they assume a world beyond the visible world. Only this assumption can give a meaning to everything.