What is the meaning of human life?
Mar 07, 2018
Is there a clear, definitive answer to the question about the meaning of life? Yes and no. After all, on the one hand, the meaning of life( the meaning of being) is in the niche of eternal philosophical problems. Eternal, and hence, never before has any of the ancient philosophers and none of the modern greatest minds been able to give an answer that would not make you doubt and try to protest it. But the answers are completely different.
From the meaning of life, which consists solely in the aspiration of man to virtue( for virtue is happiness), through the epicurean's famous slogan: "eat, drink, rejoice," which means "content yourself with the outer sides of life," to total denial, any manifestation of meaninglife.
Chasing after pleasures, or striving for virtues - all ultimately lead to disappointment, satiety and boredom. Search, do not seek, there is no. .. meaning of life. And maybe then it is worth it to invent? Perhaps in this fiction there is a true meaning?
Yes. .. perhaps very wisely and philosophically. But still, it does not save us from a painful search for a question about our own sense of life, especially in a period of hopeless apathy and disappointment.
The meaning of human life in terms of religion
So, the meaning of life is an eternal question of philosophy, but interestingly, along with this, the question of the meaning of life always has a clear and fundamental answer in religion. Of course, there are many religions, but in the modern world, in the effect of globalization, we are increasingly confining ourselves to the three world religions: Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. So maybe you should dig into the religious answer about the meaning of life? Even if we take into account the fact that, despite such a diverse nature of world religions, they all look in one direction, answering this most important question in life.
Revealing the question of the meaning of life from the point of view of religion, we certainly look into the transcendental realm. In other words, we can only comprehend the meaning of life by "stepping over", "stepping outside", "crossing" the boundaries of life itself. But this does not mean that you need to die in order to learn the true meaning of life. Although, from the point of view of religion, here the secret meaning of the eternal question will be revealed to us in its entirety. But, fortunately, even before this critical point, we are able to comprehend the main goal of human life.
Ironically, almost all religions see in human life a profound meaning, a sacred( or better to say correct) purpose and an important goal. This goal is essentially one for all religions and is aimed ultimately at a person, and serves a person. Thus, in Christianity, where, following dogmatic theology, the meaning and purpose of human life consist in the assimilation of God, the inheritance of such a life with God, which would be eternal and blissful, and hence the need for continuous knowledge of God.
In Islam, the meaning of life is worshiping Allah, giving himself to the Almighty, obedience to God. In Buddhism, given the denials in this religion of the idea of the root cause or God-creator, the meaning and the main goal of life is the end of suffering. At first glance, the meaning of life in Christianity and in Islam seems similar. And at the same time, they also seem to be very remote from what can be directed at a person and serve for him, to be good for him, and therefore for what he sees his own happiness. After all, inheritance or obedience to God and your own happiness look like diametrically opposite phenomena. But in Buddhism, it seems, everything really converges. Here the main meaning is the deliverance from suffering, and hence the attainment of some blissful state of the absence of suffering and desires( nirvana).
But if we do not stop at the level of the so-called "first glance", and yet start digging deeper, it becomes clear that all religions( and even those that are not among the world's) tend to, first of all,good for man, for his own happiness and peace. Inheritance of God in Christianity and obedience to Allah in Islam is only an indication of ways to get rid of the suffering that Buddhism already takes as the immediate meaning of life. The essence of the religious meaning of life lies in the pursuit of good for man, deliverance from suffering, in his own happiness. It is only necessary to understand the relationship between this happiness and the way to achieve it, and then - will agree to go this way.
What is the meaning of life?(modern view)
Authors of the Internet magazine Vse-Sekrety.ru perfectly understand that today not everyone understands religious and philosophical statements so clearly, therefore we will also give an answer to this difficult question, in a few words, for example. So, what can be the meaning of your life:
- Enjoy the beauty of earthly goods;
- To give life to another person( to give birth and bring up a child);
- To make for the future of mankind, something useful and useful;
- Feel human emotions( love, fear, hatred, happiness, joy, pride, etc.).
- Help other people.
In other words, each of us has a vocation that needs to be fulfilled. It should be remembered that nothing on Earth does not happen just like that, everything has its own secret design. Therefore, any events should be able to enjoy and treat condescendingly, and even bad.
Only when you realize that you live here and now, and only once, only then will you look at your existence with a diametrically opposite view.