Meaning of Life
Updated: Oct 19, 2022
This week's topic in TTPS Club is "What Is the Meaning of Life?"
We started off the meeting by having each member write down his or her thoughts on this important subject. We then went around the circle and everyone shared their answers.
I was very impressed by the responses. There were so many great ideas! Here are some of the best.
- It's a mystery to us, so we will never know the meaning of life.
- To serve the greater good.
- Because God wants us to.
- The universe has a purpose and we are here to find it.
- To have fun, experience new things, and make memories.
- To enjoy the moment and make the best of every day.
- To find happiness in what you do and who you are.
- To love and be loved.
- To make others happy.
- To live for yourself and not other people.
- To have an adventure.
- To create.
These are all good ideas. However... they are all trash! They are garbage! They are all wrong! This isn't a competition. We are supposed to be trying to find the truth!
My personal opinion is that life has no purpose. That sounds terrible, I know, but hear me out. The universe just popped into existence one day. I don't think that the universe was designed by anyone. It just happened. And I'm also pretty sure that everything in the universe was once nothingness. And I'm also sure that the entire universe is going to disappear into nothingness eventually.
So maybe there really is no point to our lives? Perhaps meaning is something just invented by sentient beings and can be anything you want. Maybe we should all stop worrying about the meaning of life and start focusing more on the quality of our lives instead.
Anyway, after the meeting ended, Scathach took me aside.
"Hey Jester," she said. "Can I ask you a question?"
"Why did you call my answer 'garbage'?"
"Because it was!"
"You're a jerk," Scathach sighed. "Thanks for making me feel better about myself."
"Don't mention it."
"By the way," she added. "Do you ever get tired of being so mean to people?"
"Nope," I replied.
She rolled her eyes. "Whatever."
I headed home. It was already late at night and I had a lot of memes to finish. The next day, I noticed that Scathach didn't seem quite herself.
"Scathach," I asked.
"Hmm?" She replied. "Oh yeah! Sorry about that. I've been kind of stressed lately."
"Is there anything I could do to help?" I offered.
"No thanks, dude. You've got your own problems."
"Well, if you change your mind..."
"Yeah, whatever." She waved.
I guess she was still stressed. Oh well. I tried to ignore her. But that night at TTPS Philosophy Club, Scathach seemed even less motivated than usual.
"What's up with you guys?" I asked.
"We were just talking about what's the point to life," Scathach shrugged.
"That's a toughie, huh?"
"Yup." She nodded.
I couldn't think of anything to say, so I kept quiet. I felt like I should say something, though. Anything. Just a little joke or something.
But then Scathach spoke again. "It's just weird." She shook her head. "How can life have any purpose if there isn't even an afterlife?"
"Huh?" I asked. "What are you talking about?"
"Come on!" Scathach exclaimed. "If there's no afterlife, then why are we here in the first place?"
"For fun," I said.
Scathach frowned and shook her head. "Not even for fun." She shook her head. "There has to be a reason. Otherwise it would all be pointless."
"Well, then," I said. "Maybe we should start by asking ourselves what is the purpose of our lives in this moment?"
"Right, right. Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm pretty sure that the purpose of my life right now is to finish this meme and go to bed." I smiled.
Scathach looked at me. Then she smiled. Then we all laughed. And then we went on to have the most fun meeting yet.