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The answer to Life

What would you answer if someone asked you your philosophy of life? This article might give you a traction to ponder upon it


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Sahil Shaikh

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2 years ago | 3 min read

When you go looking for the answer to life most probably you will end up with the number 42 which signifies the science fiction novelist DouglasAdams’ “The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” because it happens to be the number as an answer given by the supercomputer to the ultimate question of life. And this claim is backed with many theories and logics to prove it right or wrong. But let’s dive deeper into it, not referencing anything with it but pure thoughts.

What is life? We take birth, we develop ability to think and comprehend, we learn about the world, about people, we also learn how to think and then we grow young, we choose a career followed by associating another life (partner)with us. We then we create another life, we grow old, and we die. Do you see a chain in it? Or would you rather call it a series of something, let us keep that “something” for the later and dive deeper into each aspect of life.

We often associate our personality, beliefs, attitude and faith with our innate self. We develop perspective about things, places, people and everything, which is very much driven by all of those characteristics.

We connect everything and try to make life as meaningful as we can and add purpose to it. Focusing on meaning in life, it is quite common to maintain that it is conceptually something good for its own sake or, relatedly, something that provides a basic reason for action. Few suggested otherwise, maintaining that there can be neutral or even undesirable kinds of meaning in a person’s life. Others claim that some periods of life are more meaningful than others and that some lives are more meaningful than others. One can coherently hold the view that some people’s lives are less meaningful than others, or are even meaningless, and still maintain that people have an equal standing from a moral point of view.

This way we associate originality with our life. But are we original? Is our personality, belief, attitude and faith, all innate and original? Let us look deeper into it. When we develop the ability to understand, the understanding that we develop is 100% influenced by the environment we are in or the people or society around us. If you had been told since your childhood till now that slapping good gesture and shaking hand is bad, you would have believed it right. Our conscience to asses what is right or wrong is not innate but shaped by our surroundings. What if, there actually happens nothing to be good or bad, right or wrong, inherently is just one’s interpretation of things that make it good or bad and right or wrong. You would have experienced that there are things which you had earlier perceived as good but had to change your views on it later, “change”.

Similarly, you may or may not be following a particularfaith but were you given the option to assess which seems the ultimate to youor which you can associate with yourself more closely? No, we merely adopt thefaith which is followed by the home we take birth in. However, we do develop opinionsabout what is right and wrong in all faith considering the one that we follow. Again,what is it that we go through?

“Change”, we go through a change.

Not just a physical and intellectual development that takes place but also a conscious development we go through while grow, proliferate, and till we die. We experience a series of changes. This answers the question we discussed at the beginning.

As we go through change we may feel getting into the innate self. But, the difference is that the process of life is intimately linked to story it contains. Yet it is only a story, but it can act only through matter therefore life is by nature a toolmaker. Its tools are everything that potentially exists, and its horizon the whole universe. So why do humans risk defining the life of which they are part? Because they try to impose upon them a story of their own making. Yet humans, the ‘tool-making animals’, are themselves tools of life, in an unplanned experiment. Each unique being may perceive that life has an objective meaning, life has a subjective meaning, life has no meaning or life has a supernatural/ unexplainable meaning.

To put everything in a nutshell, we basically develop mental framework for understanding how the world works and how you fit into the world, how you decide what is “good” and “bad”, what “success” means, what your“purpose” in life is (including if you don’t think there is a purpose), whether there is a God, how we should treat each other, etc.

All of this is randomness or change and is also the answer to the ultimate question.

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