Saturday, November 21, 2015
(#12) Justin Huggins
In our humanistic culture, people pursue many things, thinking that in them they will find meaning. Some of these pursuits include business success, wealth, good relationships, entertainment, and doing good to others. People have testified that while they achieved their goals of wealth, relationships, and pleasure, there was still a deep void inside, a feeling of emptiness that nothing seemed to fill. "What is the meaning of life?" Is one of my three questions I asked my interviewee. There are a lot of different answers to this question, such as, we are here to just exists. We are here to live our lives just to die and become apart of the earth with no hope after death. Another answer you might get is to be happy. Live life to the fullest and don't look back. This way of thinking in a modern form is what we call "YOLO" which means you only live once, so you might as well make the most of it.
My interviewee had a very simple way to answer this question by quoting a philosopher . “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” -Albert Camus. If you spend your whole life looking for something you are letting life pass you by. Don’t focus on why we're here, which in reality nobody has a certain answer, but enjoy the time you have here. You never know when life itself or even just your life is going to end. Would you rather die while you are enjoying life or die when you are seeking a answer that may never be found? That is the real question.