Type “Meaning of life” on google, you’ll come across this:
You’ll embrace some theories which sound good for you and some others may make you uncomfortable. Still, on google search, I see “The meaning of life is that which we choose to give it“. Each one has his/her own view, some don’t even have one, some strong-minded people defend their own view and even go in long discussions.
When I turned 22, I used to have my own theory which I was very fond of. I sought an answer for that question around 17 and it took five long years to come to a satisifactory answer. Between 17 and 22, life looked meaningless and suddenly at 22, I came up with something very positive.
In few lines, this is what I came up with. As the most-time consuming activity in which every living creature gets engaged is the process of reproduction, this is the most significative thing of our life. For example, if we observe our species, we see that from teenage we seek the opposite sex, than marry and take care of our children until they are at least 18 years old: from teenage to mid-life, the most active part of your life is used for the reproductive process.
What is reproduction for ? Through it, we evolve. If we advanced from prehistoric man to modern man, it’s thanks to reproduction.
What is evolution for ? Evolution makes us more intelligent so that we can better understand the surrounding universe. With evolution came the invention of language, with language came science and so on.
What is the goal of understanding ? Where does understanding (or the ability to understand which is intelligence) leads us ? In 20th century, Einstein corrected newtonian physics and gave a better understanding of how gravity works: this is in the science field.
In the same way, in all fields there is always growth. You may say that the actual world is worse than before regarding pollution, spirituality, wars or whatever but I think we humans progress by making mistakes and we are actually going through a temporary regression in some fields. We need to do mistakes, we are not robots.
The ultimate in understanding is attaining God. Understanding fully how the universe functions, how spiritual enlightenment could systematically be reached through better knowledge, how one can live without death and illness … This of course is the extreme and let us say that the ultimate betterment of man is attaining God.
So, ultimately, the meaning of life is to attain God. To attain God, we must understand Him better. To better understand God, we must evolve and to evolve, me must reproduce. To be able to reproduce, we must survive by eating food.
This is unfortunately valid for humans only and not to animals. Animals only eat food and reproduce: at least that’s what our actual level of understanding is about animals. Animals also evolve through reproduction, but their intellect doesn’t seem to evolve as faster as in humans. For animals, as the coefficient of evolution is almost 0:
Life(t) = reproduction.(t) + food
but for humans,
The above equation is inspired by equation of motion we learn in school:
Where Xo is the initial position. Vo = initial speed and g = 9.81 m/s², the acceleration. Parallels here:
v = dx/dt < — > evolution = d(reproduction)/dt,
g = dv/dt < — > intelligence = d(evolution)/dt
If we suppose that our intelligence may never attain God and human intelligence will always be constant, then we’ll come to a formula which looks very similar to the equation we learnt in school:
Sincerly, I can’t imagine we humans becoming more and more intelligent. We are just more intelligent than animals because we have language and education. What has changed since 1000 years ? Intelligence is almost the same, only more people have access to education and we can say that “humanity on the whole” has evolved a bit thanks to that. Then internet came and we learn even better through wikipedia and videos.
What has changed since 10 000 years ? since 100 000 years ? Invention of language has certainly been a factor of improvement, and finally a quantum leap may come through A.I. and it may lead to a betterment of humanity (there may as well be a take over and regression but it’s not the subject of this post).
Without language and A.I. there has always been the possibility of improvement through spirituality. When it comes to the meaning of life, it’s not just reproduction and evolution. Spiritual enlightenment may also give an ultimate meaning for a human life and let’s hope that future can also help our spiritual needs. For example, imagine that sometime in future a great meditation machine enables lot of people to progress.
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