Meaning of Life

Philosophy Now asked an important question (What is the meaning of life?) and got some answers. Some excerpts, that caught my attention, are below:

Surely the goal or meaning of human life is therefore none other than finding oneself becoming a mature adult free to make one’s own decisions, yet wanting everyone in the world to have this same advantage. This is good!

‘Meaning’ is a word referring to what we have in mind as ‘signification’, and it relates to intention and purpose.

What seems inescapable is that there is no meaning associated with life other than that acquired by our consciousness, inherited via genes, developed and given content through memes (units of culture).

…characteristic of all these examples is a consciousness that is positively and constructively absorbed, engaged, involved, fascinated, enhanced and fulfilled.

Our over-evolved human minds want more, but unfortunately there is nothing more.

The meaning of life, however, is not the thing created, but the creative act itself; namely, that of willfully imposing an interpretation onto the stuff of life, and projecting a creative expression from it.

Therefore everything we think, say and do will be directed towards our survival, our replication and our demand for energy to fuel these basic drives. All our emotions and our rational thinking, our loves and hates, our art, science and engineering are refinements of these basic drives.

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