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jizz | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 5, 2009 at 9:14 AM via web

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What is the meaning of life?

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted June 5, 2009 at 6:10 PM (Answer #2)

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Since humans are the only species that aspire, life means to constantly desire to become something better. 

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kjcdb8er | Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 5, 2009 at 10:22 PM (Answer #3)

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joy

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 7, 2009 at 5:01 AM (Answer #4)

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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all--not just oneself, but to better things for all creation.

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ajwasharif | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 7, 2009 at 9:35 AM (Answer #5)

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Life, A beautiful gift from God to all human beings.I think that life is basket of happiness and worries.

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted June 7, 2009 at 9:45 AM (Answer #6)

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Two things, I think:

First, to experience as many aspects of the human experience as you can.

Second, to seek always to be a better person -- which contains within it doing everything you can to improve others' experience of life.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted June 8, 2009 at 6:01 AM (Answer #7)

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For me life is a journey.

We do experience enjoyment and happiness in our life from time to time, enjoyment or happiness but that is not the ultimate goal of life. There is something to life that is more than the joy of living. If it was not so, there would be no point in living when we see no hope of happiness.

When we are travelling from one place to another, we may or may not find the journey enjoyable, but we continue with the journey anyhow, because our goal is not the enjoyment of the journey. Goal of the journey is to reach a destination.

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 8, 2009 at 9:55 AM (Answer #8)

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This question doesn't really belong in a science group, but in a philosophy group. But since it is here, I'll give a DNA based answer. The meaning/purpose of life and living things is to perpetuate their own kind, in an evolutionary sense.  You can think of it as the shape of any animal or plant is the one that best enables that organism's DNA to perpetuate itself. All we really are is the best adapted form for our DNA to continue itself.

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boryung | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted June 9, 2009 at 12:14 AM (Answer #9)

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Now that is definitely a question that everybody thinks of in their day-to-day life, yet it is impossible to find a universal answer.

For myself, the meaning of life is to aspire to be a better person, to live a better life, and to help one's friends and family. Considering that a lot of terrible things happen in this world and that there are a lot of horribly depressing thoughts to think, it's probably best to think about life this way.

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Jen Sambdman | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted June 10, 2009 at 12:36 PM (Answer #10)

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As pessimistic as I may sound, I believe there is NO meaning to life. What is it's sole purpose? What does being alive impact? It is like asking "Why do people produce literature, movies, music?" It is a relative question that has the simple answer of "it is entertaining to someone or something.

Look at how popular that Sims computer game is where you create a society. Why do you? You dont need to, they dont impact you directly; yet, you do it.

That is my broad opinion on all life as a whole. Now if we were to talk about it in the rhelm of HUMAN LIFE, then it is up to the individual and his/her personal beliefs. If you want to take the biblical route - we are here to protect the earth and all of God's creatures (bang up job we are doing now eh?). Scientifically speaking - we are here because of mutations in DNA and cells and will evolve into something else thereby perpetuating the perfection of life and evolution (sorry to burst your bubble if you thought we were perfect).

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alohaspirit | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted June 10, 2009 at 1:20 PM (Answer #11)

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I believe every single person has there own meaning to life. We cannot all buy into one concept, we are individuals, and everyone has different parts of life that makes them happy.  I think part of the meaning of life is discovering oneself and realizing what makes you happy and feel fulfilled in life.

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jeaneth | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 12, 2009 at 2:26 AM (Answer #12)

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This question doesn't really belong in a science group, but in a philosophy group. But since it is here, I'll give a DNA based answer. The meaning/purpose of life and living things is to perpetuate their own kind, in an evolutionary sense.  You can think of it as the shape of any animal or plant is the one that best enables that organism's DNA to perpetuate itself. All we really are is the best adapted form for our DNA to continue itself.

I agree that meaning-of-life questions are paramount concerns of philosophers who can forego immediate gratification while they are in search for answers. These questions are a nightmare of practical people in poor countries who prefer to engage in productive pursuits that benefit the hungry and unemployed and still keep the world in balance and ethical.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 12, 2009 at 9:33 PM (Answer #13)

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Life means that we belong to something greater than ourselves. Life means that we occupy a space within the history of this universe, and all that lies beyond this universe, that is uniquely our own. It means that for whatever reason and from whatever source, we have been gifted with minds that think and spirits that seek, and we--alone among the other creations of life--have been gifted with the knowledge that we will die, which allows us to understand that our time here precious. Life means the opportunity to do something truly extraordinary, something that can never be done by anyone else in exactly the way we can do it. An individual life well lived means finding out what that something is and doing it, understanding that most of the most extraordinary of human accomplishments go unnoticed by the world at large--which matters not at all.

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MaudlinStreet | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 13, 2009 at 6:23 PM (Answer #14)

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I will quote Walt Whitman, as I have found this poem speaks closely to my own philosophy:

"To escape utterly from others' anchors and holds!
To drive free! to love free! to dash reckless and dangerous!
To court destruction with taunts, with invitations!
To ascend, to leap to the heavens of the love indicated to me!
To rise thither with my inebriate soul!
To be lost if it must be so!
To feed the remainder of life with one hour of fulness and freedom!
With one brief hour of madness and joy."

From "One Hour to Madness and Joy."

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cherrycarrie | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 21, 2009 at 12:31 PM (Answer #15)

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There are only two things that are GUARENTEED TO BE THE STEPPING STONES TO THE PURPOSE OF LIFE hon. To BE BORN AND TO DIE. Anything that we do in between those times... THAT IS WHAT IS YOUR /MY/ANYONES PURPOSE.  It is up to each person to decide what their MEAING OR PURPOSE IS  ..

Mine is to love as much as I can (give what I can give to those who do not have enough), and to be a good mother and take care of animals. Might not sound like much to anyone ELSE, but to ME, if I do these things and do them WELL... I think God will be pleased with me.

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted July 29, 2014 at 4:04 PM (Answer #17)

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What is the meaning of life? That depends entirely on who you're asking. A mother will say that her life is her son/daughter and she does anything and everything for the well-being of their child. For someone who got out of depression, their own life is very important and living life to the fullest is their goal now. For me, I just want to make anyone I meet happy.

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