I'd love to know what this community thinks is the best or most useful wisdom they've ever received on life and how to make or find meaning in it.
do you mean 'Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life"' ?
If memory serves, it was something like "Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations".
Not too shabby a statement for a comedy
To discover as much as possible and record your findings, allow the next generation to use your findings to discover even further. Have fun, travel, experience cultures, places and smiles on faces, admit your mistakes and learn from them. Plant a seed and watch it grow, allow your mind freedom. grieve your loses and embrace your gains. don't be afraid of your weaknesses love your flaws, once you accept yourself your meaning will be clear.
this is an almost direct quote from a drunken discussion with a very good friend.
Evolution gave us all the meaning we need. Whatever contributes to our survival, reproduction, and comfort is meaningful. But. We have automated most of those things to the point they are not all that challenging to achieve, so we now think life is meaningless. Go for a two week backpacking trip on foot, alone, in the wilderness, in cold weather. You’ll find all the meaning you can stand.
Was not so much advice as was action. This guy I would work with he was in charge the boss more or less. He would show how something needed to be done. He would go do his own thing. If he sensed that you were struggling he would no yell or just watch you fail. He would stop what he was doing jump in help you.
The best advice I ever got was from a pump. I was about 16 years old...at a time when going to a mall for the arcade was still in style.
He showed up with two of his ladies. They were out of gas...and he was trying to find John's to pay his ladies for them to get back to New York City.
He wore the outlandish purple velvet suit, peacock feather fedora. And 'gator skin shoes. He reeked of vodka and blues music.
I was curious. He took notice of me. Without a prompting or preamble...his only words to me: "never let another person define you".
Wisdom. From a pimp in purple velvet.
My first big paycheck I got from my new job. I worked part time for 3 months to save up $300 as a night manager at an airmans club before i got out of the military. Fear and needing extra money. I worked one weekend at my new job and made $300 extra. The power of being a journeyman at a trade. The hard training paid off.
There is no meaning to life, life is the meaning.
To believe your life has a purpose or has meaning sounds great but then it'll either feel like you're not meeting your purpose or that you're just here to fulfill a task and nothing you actually do changes that.
When life is its own meaning you may realize that only you define your life, you may base it off criticisms or ideologies but that's still you defining it, everything you do is part of the meaning of life.
Why does life need meaning? Just advice? Sleep 6 hrs a night. Drink water asap when you wake up. Make breakfast your biggest meal or at least pack it with protein. Survive and do what you need to do first, then worry about others. You can’t help someone else put on an oxygen mask if your passing out.
Yes! Watch the movie, The Meaning of Life....Hmm! I wonder does the question imply that life has some meaning apart from the questioner? Do we get to the meaning of any word,action, transaction event or process by an analysis of the causes and consequences and the operations that brought them about relative to time, place and circumstances?.......
Human life is quite remarkable (and possibly unique) in that it has the capacity to understand and appreciate the universe and itself. To be a living, thinking human being in an infinity of (mostly) hydrogen and helium is the most astoundingly amazing thing . The meaning of life is simply to fully appreciate this
I can recommend the talks by Alan Watts and Terence McKenna on Youtube for out of the box, secular but spiritual discussion on the meaning of life, as do the principles of Jungian psychology. Western Buddhism and Zen Buddhism provide a relatively ritual free framework for the adjustment to the loss of conventional faith and belief in a God figure and can help replace fear with acceptance and a fulfilling life.
Best wishes to you.
I'll be the 194th person to respond that I don't think life has any meaning. It's just DNA (chemicals) fighting for survival and driving us to delicious pseudo-procreative acts.
Nevertheless, for better or worse we're here, so what do we do with it? We can take the FU Society route and take as much as we can for ourselves and screw everyone else (I used to call this the dog-pack society, but that's actually an insult to dogs as they actually do care about each other), or we can try to make society as beneficial for all as we can. As a hedonist, I believe we should try to build a foundation to society to minimize pain (homelessness, hunger, disease, war) in order to provide a hedonistic capability for everyone. As my godfather told me at my confirmation "Wherever you go and whatever you do, the important thing is to be able to look at yourself in the shaving mirror every morning."