Losing Meaning: Part Two

Plenty of fish. The name of this dating site hardly suggests unique value and authenticity of an individual. If you don’t like someone, no worries, just discard them, there are millions out there waiting to be found. The idea of being easily replaceable makes people feel insecure and unnecessary.

I remember reading one of Kurt Vonnegut’s novels about ten years ago, the following episode shocked me: government was concerned with its citizens, who became so abundant with no jobs and losing meaning that a quick service for taking people’s lives (volunteers) was allowed. All you need to do is to go to a special life-ending station ( like a tanning salon place) and as a bonus you would get a good meal before you say farewell… It was totally Ok, because no one really cared about one another … Does it sound like too distant future, too sci-fi now? Well, the first part about too many of us, lack of jobs and less meaning is true, the second part got modified: some people don’t need a meal to be motivated or a third-party service, they do it themselves.

Some would argue that religion will save us all, but being religious doesn’t really guarantee your life has more meaning. It’s not something that comes by default when you are born into religion or you follow all rituals. You prove that you are a decent human based on your actions towards others, no matter what religion. Religion helps some stick to concrete rules and whether this world’s massive ups and downs, but unfortunately not all religious people are truly compassionate to others. If they were, we wouldn’t have religious wars.

People do become rigid by trying hard to defend their beliefs, but why would they do it at the expense of others? Why hurt and discriminate others just because they don’t share your views, whether they are religious or not. We forget that what really unites us is the fact that we are humans, and we should not differentiate from one to another and divide ourselves into subgroups.

We just get lost in the models we create for ourselves. What if we all disappear together with the planet today? What would we say was the point of us inhabiting this planet for 10,ooo or more years ?

Who are we and where are we going?

I truly hope that we, mammals or divine creatures, are heading somewhere where we don’t hurt but care for each other and create spiritual and physical environment that not just humans but other species can thank us for.

4 comments for “Losing Meaning: Part Two”

  1. Hope has nothing to do with the meaning of life. We’re not ‘going’ anywhere, we’re already here. If I’m mature I know that life is good now and am a living example for those not yet mature who are causing all the trouble. So the real question is, what does ‘my’ life mean or represent now. Because in truth ‘I’ am the meaning of life. And ‘my’ life is the way.

  2. Hi Wayne, thank you for your comment. I agree with you about the power of us now, but if someone doesn’t see any meaning in their life at present, if they are immature or lost, it will not come to them instantly even if we say so.

    Many depressed people have no capability of understanding meaning in now. They need our help and time, change takes time and effort. I have been depressed myself and I know how difficult it is to get out of that state. My point is when you are lost, you think life is meaningless or you are not worthy of living, it will not stay that way, if you join the journey of life and discovering meaning. You will see how much meaning and value your life has and always had even if you didn’t see it before. Meaning is in action, not in stillness.

    I use word hope because if we don’t care for each other, we may destroy ourselves and the planet. The meaning of life to me is in helping each other to be happy and creating positive environment, but I’m not going to impose my answer on anyone, it is for everyone to discover.

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  4. Amen! I really enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing.

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