Sunday, May 15, 2005

Question – What Is The Meaning Of Life

Melbourne Philosopher has commenced a discussion of the question ‘What is the meaning of life?’. An ever-pertinent question, the Editor has decided to raise it here.

What is the meaning of life?

[Editorial Aside – ‘42’ is, at present, a non-sufficient answer. Any demonstration that ‘42’ is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything will need to establish that ‘seven times seven’ is in fact the question and that the correct answer to that question is not, in fact, ‘5’ – as some ‘Bizarre Sceptic’ might just claim (thank you S. Kripke)].


'Thought & Humor' said...

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your Designer/Architect
as well as your audience.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose. A
time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,

'Thought & Humor'
Cyber-Humor & Cyber-Thought
Harvard Humor Club

Samuel Douglas said...

7 x 7 is 49, not 42.

michael said...

While 'thought & humor' (if that is you real name) may be quite correct in his claim that there is a time for everything, the question remains that is it for all these things that we live?, and also am very sorry to be the one to point this out, but most of us die, viciously interupting our existence. Some of us may be hoping to ascend, but still this does not answer the question: is ascendency the purpose of life, which would be fairly insular if it were so, as it boils down to 'life is the purpose of life'. this may be fair enough for those of us hoping to ascend, but for us others we find this a touch illogical because life includes dying, so death, and here we seem to reach a paradox if we continue to hold life as the answer. Though a time to die is included in your list of things to do before you die eveidently it must be done after you have completed the list of things to do before you die, and so even for you this turns into a bit of a conundrum.

Now if we have a god, (which, embarrasingly, we do not) well then the purpose of our life, as the purpose of chicken is a good roast, is determined by them. As there is not somebody who created us with intention we must crfeate our own purpose for ou life, which, and this is what sepeates us from the chicken, cannot be our death, or anything that does not involve our life.

Whether it is 42 or 49 is really a matter of interpretation I must say, the semantics of which I do not intend to navigate, but I am sure there are many ways through those dangerouse shoals.

So though I fear I cannot answer the question I am sorry to say that the answers put forward are somewhat lacking in their completeness.

Anonymous said...

Need there be "a" purpose to life.
Can't we individually have a purpose in life?... like Mary’s purpose was to give birth to Fred who invented fire alarms.
Why has this need to collectively strive towards a common purpose been so ingrained in our philosophical rhetoric?