The Meaning of Life
Today I’m going to tell you all the meaning of life. This is not the meaning of happiness or even a reason to live, as these are both constructs created by people who can’t seem to find these things in the actual meaning of life. People who require happiness and need to find some transcendental reason for living, in my opinion, aren’t generally successful, and those who make one up for themselves often hold contrived, unrealistic, or flat out ludicrous versions of reality in their minds. These versions of reality may serve to provide them with happiness or even a reason to live, but the real meaning of life is not those things. The meaning of life is outside individual meanings for living. I think this is an important distinction.
Human beings seem to constantly need reassurance that there is a reason for getting out of bed every day, a reason for taking that first bite of cereal, a reason to take a shower and go to the office. Unfortunately for everyone, these reasons don’t exist, not really, not in the fundamental sense. I will provide you with some examples to clarify my meaning.
1) Every person is special and has a special purpose. This is patently untrue. Most people are not unique, not special, devoid of identifying characteristics, abaft of original thought or signifying characteristic. Being special or unique may create an illusion of meaning, a reason to get up in the morning, but it is not a meaning of life.
2) A vast, guiding hand makes my life meaningful. If this unobservable, unmeasurable, magical, and extravagant explanation for reality were reality, the fact that it is all of the aforementioned things presupposes its superfluity to the human conundrum: the necessity for rational thought to the sustainability of humanity in perpetuity.
3) Social justice and the establishment of democratic systems are meaningful. If history has proved anything, it is that no systems are lasting, no justice is true justice, nothing is immortal except the drive to reproduce. The concentration on day to day “justice” has weakened our species and drastically reduced its sustainability by lowering the threshold of success as an individual, and canceling out the progress of evolution. Systemists may have a purpose, but they hardly have a meaning for living.
The meaning of life, as I said earlier, is simple. To create more life. We can look at this from many perspectives, however, to determine long and short term goals in this underlying purpose. Is the immediate creation of as much life as possible a true fulfillment of purpose? I would suggest that no, it is not. Creation of sustainable life has been an underlying theme in the successful projects of evolution. Look at sharks or cockroaches or rats. They have niches, they fill them perfectly, they produce exactly as much life as their environments allow, and they have prospered and flourished for millions of years.
My suggestion for the human race is that we must consider the sustainability of our species, how much or how little life is necessary to both propogate in the present and far into the future. People fail to notice the aggregate powers of multiple generations, how two can become two billion, given enough time, and how thinking in the short term is guaranteed to overtax and collapse the delicate architecture of the human ecosystem, collapsing millenia of human development in a span of a few dozen years.
The fact remains that individuals need reasons to live, not just meanings for life, and abstract purposes are often the best tools to this end. Therefore, I, like all human beings, have selected an arbitrary and fundamentally meaningless reason to get out of bed every day: Perfection of the microcosm of the individual has become my personal goal, considering my purpose and the purpose of my species, and the creation of a sustainable few to propagate into infinity.