living a meaning-full life
French philosopher Albert Camus proposed that the only real question in philosophy is whether or not life is worth living or not. In his book The Myth of Sysiphus he writes deeply about the absurd predicament of being human. He illustrates that their is a human tendency to seek meaning and value in life, while at the same time a uniquely human inability to find any.
“A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.”
― Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
This struggle to find meaning in life is intrinsically tied to our humanness.
We can’t avoid the big questions. Why are we here? What is my purpose? What is the meaning of this life?
We can try, but it eventually catches up to us. The moment death is upon you is not the time to start asking these questions. If you wait until that moment you’ve missed the boat. Better to face the absurdity right now and start muddling your way through it in the hopes that at some point you will learn to give it meaning, and align to your purpose, the reason you are here.
If you don’t believe your life has meaning you are still on the quest…
Don’t give up. Keep searching, seeking, asking, and trying things out. If it came easily it wouldn’t be fun, now would it?
Embrace the absurdity and keep on living.
I can’t believe that in a Universe as vast and spectacular as ours that you are here by mistake. Chew on that and let me know what it tastes like.
The Chakra Lady