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Making A Meaningful Life

How to Make Our Life More Meaningful

We can make our life meaningful, add vibrant colors to it, drive more satisfaction from life. All this is only possible if we are interested in doing something which is really useful, have some honest purpose, is actually required. We have enough motivation besides us, when we have imaginations and dreams of reaching somewhere, doing something in life.

Most of us are always busy in pursuing our personal goals, family matters, career, jobs and wealth creation, our modern lifestyle takes our personal goals beyond natural limits of necessities to artificial limit of ever changing and frequently modified desires.

Life becomes meaningful when we have some goal, we work for an objective, we strive to reach some destination. Our efforts are pointing towards a specific direction which isn’t actually solely for our personal welfare or our materialistic desires, gives life a meaning, makes life interesting, creates cordial relationship with life.

Strongly Selfish Motives In Every Action Make Life Meaningless

Make Life MeaningfulDoing same work that you already do, performing tasks similarly with a selfish motive, with greed will not give any meaning to life, as these things are quiet common, everyone of us works for a living, takes care of his/her personal welfare, always looking for ways to satisfy and calm down ego, making all possible efforts to maintain and upgrade social and living status.

On occasions these selfish efforts can get to any extent in order to insure the personal welfare, making some progress in things that help our personal interests and when intensity of such motives increases beyond normal social limits, one even starts overlooking that his/her personal interests are clashing with wide social interests or are threatening someone life. They behavior tends to be blind to other fellow human beings and even nature.   We are all a part of society and cannot blame others alone, as the difference is only in degrees, some people show such behavior by mistake, others occasionally and those that we call anti-social get in grip of such behavior frequently.

This post “Making a meaningful life” is a part of previous post, already published on this philosophy blog titled “What is the meaning of the life” and will be followed by some more posts, next post is “What is then the real purpose and meaning of life“.

What is the Philosophical Meaning of Life

Life can have a number of meanings and philosophical meaning is just one of them. I recently found a good answer to this question on Yahoo Answers. It was not only about the philosophical meaning of life but also covered this meaning in other terms like, temporal success and survival, its meaning in terms of wisdom and knowledge, ethical, religious, spiritual and other ways.

I liked the best answer so much that I’m publishing it here, if you wish to see the original page then visit the links at the bottom of this page.

Ways to find Meaning of Life

The philosophical question “What is the meaning of life?” means different things to different people. The vagueness of the query is inherent in the word “meaning”, which opens the question to many interpretations, such as: “What is the origin of life?”, “What is the nature of life (and of the universe in which we live)?”, “What is the significance of life?”, “What is valuable in life?”, and “What is the purpose of, or in, (one’s) life?”. These questions have resulted in a wide range of competing answers and arguments, from scientific theories, to philosophical, theological, and spiritual explanations.

These questions are separate from the scientific issue of the boundary between things with life and inanimate objects.

Popular beliefs
“What is the meaning of life?” is a question many people ask themselves at some point during their lives, most in the context “What is the purpose of life?” Here are some of the many potential answers to this perplexing question. The responses are shown to overlap in many ways but may be grouped into the following categories:

Survival and temporal success

…to live every day like it is your last and to do your best at everything that comes before you
…to be always satisfied
…to live, go to school, work, and die
…to participate in natural human evolution, or to contribute to the gene pool of the human race
…to advance technological evolution, or to actively develop the future of intelligent life
…to compete or co-operate with others
…to destroy others who harm you, or to practice nonviolence and nonresistance
…to gain and exercise power
…to leave a legacy, such as a work of art or a book
…to eat
…to prepare for death
…to spend life in the pursuit of happiness, maybe not to obtain it, but to pursue it relentlessly.
…to produce offspring through sexual reproduction (alike to participating in evolution)
…to protect and preserve one’s kin, clan, or tribe (akin to participating in evolution)
…to seek freedom, either physically, mentally or financially
…to observe the ultimate fate of humanity to the furthest possible extent
…to seek happiness and flourish, experience pleasure or celebrate
…to survive, including the pursuit of immortality through scientific means
…to attempt to have many sexual conquests (as in Arthur Schopenhauer’s will to procreate)
…to find and take over all free space in this “game” called life
…to seek and find beauty
…to kill or be killed
…No point. Since having a point is a condition of living human consciousness. Animals do not need a point to live or exist. It is more of an affliction of consciousness that there are such things as points, a negative side to evolutionary development for lack of better words.

Wisdom and knowledge

…to master and know everything
…to be without questions, or to keep asking questions
…to expand one’s perception of the world
…to explore, to expand beyond our frontiers
…to learn from one’s own and others’ mistakes
…to seek truth, knowledge, understanding, or wisdom
…to understand and be mindful of creation or the cosmos
…to lead the world towards a desired situation
…to satisfy the natural curiosity felt by humans about life

Ethical

…to express compassion
…to follow the “Golden Rule”
…to give and receive love
…to work for justice and freedom
…to live in peace with yourself and each other, and in harmony with our natural environment
…to protect humanity, or more generally the environment
…to serve others, or do good deeds

Religious and spiritual

…to find perfect love and a complete expression of one’s humanness in a relationship with God
…to achieve a supernatural connection within the natural context
…to achieve enlightenment and inner peace
…to become like God, or divine
…to glorify God
…to experience personal justice (i.e. to be rewarded for goodness)
…to experience existence from an infinite number of perspectives in order to expand the consciousness of all there is (i.e. to seek objectivity)
…to be a filter of creation between heaven and hell
…to produce useful structure in the universe over and above consumption (see net creativity)
…to reach Heaven in the afterlife
…to seek and acquire virtue, to live a virtuous life
…to turn fear into joy at a constant rate achieving on literal and metaphorical levels: immortality, enlightenment, and atonement
…to understand and follow the “Word of God”
…to discover who you are
…to resolve all problems that one faces, or to ignore them and attempt to fully continue life without them, or to detach oneself from all problems faced

Philosophical

…to give life meaning
…to participate in the chain of events which has led from the creation of the universe until its possible end (either freely chosen or determined, this is a subject widely debated amongst philosophers)
…to know the meaning of life
…to achieve self-actualisation
…all possible meanings have some validity
…life in itself has no meaning, for its purpose is an opportunity to create that meaning, therefore:
…to die
…to simply live until one dies (there is no universal or celestial purpose)
…nature taking its course (the wheel of time keeps on turning)
…whatever you see you see, as in “projection makes perception”
…there is no purpose or meaning whatsoever
…life may actually not exist, or may be illusory )
…to contemplate “the meaning of the end of life”

Other Meanings

…to contribute to collective meaning (“we” or “us”) without having individual meaning (“I” or “me”)
…to find a purpose, a “reason” for living that hopefully raises the quality of one’s experience of life, or even life in general
…to participate in the inevitable increase in entropy of the universe
…to make conformists’ lives miserable
…to make life as difficult as possible for others (i.e. to compete)

This is the answer  provided by Jayaraman at Yahoo Answers.  I hope you would have liked the answer and its depth as much as I’ve enjoyed reading.

For more updates on philosophy and life, finding success in life with natural positive approach within us, revisit this philosophical blog or read more in “What is the Meaning of the Life” and “Making A Meaningful Life” in this blog.

Honesty Is A Keyword

Philosophy  & Honesty On Internet

Honesty is a word which can be used and abused for a number of reasons, to be honest this word “honesty” is often misused on internet as a powerful keyword. A word which has accumulated lot of energy which can emotionally drag anyone to the contents where it is used on top, in headlines.

On most websites on internet which are influenced by psychological marketing words do not have any meaning attached to them, they are only a series of letters which have certain value (attached to them) like cheap, honest, best etc. These words are used as a supporting material which can help a marketing campaign succeed.

Words are used as if they are lifeless objects which do not actually convey a meaning, an intention, they are mere like collection of characters which have different emotional value for the market. We can use any word (without looking at its meaning and whether we actually mean what it conveys) anywhere to get the desired results. We can use the word ‘honest‘ to add an element of authenticity.

The words are not actually misused by everyone as some people do understand there meaning in addition to its value and therefore also understand the risk associated in misusing this word by using it at a wrong place for a small one time profit.

Honesty Is Only A Keyword Today

People who understand marketing and know how it works, often overlook words (for there attached meaning), they do not give any weight-age to traditional meaning of a word (I’ve to use ‘traditional‘ as our modern life today is insecure life, marketers have access to every nook and corner of our life and therefore we may not be aware that we are already under there influence and actually misunderstand words and there meaning or may be somehow support this (mis)use).

Soon, more and more people will become blind to the words and there actual meaning and will try to understand the meaning based on its new context and thus words will have a new classification based on the theory of  marketers i.e. demand and supply, words which can be associated with a product or emotion will get new makeover frequently.

Good will cease to be good and best will convey a new meaning, a pitch to sell something, this is internet and its philosophy which is more or less controlled by its e-commerce nature. Just like the word sex has been replaced (and conveys) porn and adult on internet, soon more words will also take a new shape a new form to convey a new meaning for society on internet.

Read more about Honesty in philosophy of honesty in this blog.