Approach To Life

“What is the meaning of life?”
“What is the purpose of life?”
These are such clichéd questions aren’t they? And yet all of us have, at some point, asked ourselves these questions. These questions continue to vex us. Like anyone else I too asked myself these same questions. But where were the answers?
A natural response is to try to find the answers in religion. So I read the Bhagavad Gita, I read the Bible, I read the Quran, I read some of the Upanishads. I read the writings of people like Swami Vivekananda. But nowhere could I find a satisfactory answer. The so-called spiritual gurus almost always avoided this question in that sly way of theirs.
The pursuit of knowledge is what makes us grow. Therefore I started reading books on evolution. I read the works of people like Dawkins and Bertrand Russell. This was the point where, the answer came to me in a flash one night.
The answer is very simple.
There is no inherent meaning to life. It is for us, as self-aware, thinking humans to choose what meaning we want our life to have.
We owe our existence to an accident, that’s it. I know it is very tempting to think that there is some divine plan behind why things happen. Trust me, it is simply your brain playing games on you. This is because the brain is conditioned to discern patterns. Inevitably we overlook things which don’t fit into the pattern while amplifying things which do. It is almost as if the pattern has created cavities in the mental fabric and hence you only detect those things which fill into the cavity.
There is no meaning. What a liberating idea isn’t it?? There is no meaning! You are free to choose what meaning you want to give to your life because that’s what makes you happy. That’s all

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