“ In the beginning, God created the Earth and he looked upon it, in his cosmic loneliness. And God said: Let us making living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what we have done”. And God created every living creature that now moves, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked.
“ What is the purpose of all this?”- he asked politely.
“Everything must have purpose?” asked God.
“ Certainly” –said man . “ Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this”- said God. And he went away.
Every of us at least once in our life ask these questions from ourselves: “ Why I came to this life? What is the purpose of life? How I should live this life ? What is the purpose of existence? “.
The meaning of life or answers to the above mentioned questions pertains to the significance of living or existence in general. Throughout the entire history there were various speculations and suggestions according to the philosophical, scientific, theological and metaphysical perspectives to the search for life’s meaning. The proposed answers to these questions different according to various cultural and ideological backgrounds. Different people and cultures believe different things for the answer to these questions.
Many of us being busy with day to day activities like work, house , leisure time entertainment habitually don’t remember about the purpose of our life. But occasionally, while we came across with that periods of emotionally charged transition such as leave home , get married, have children, get first job, or the cases when we lose loved one or close friend, we stop a while , give time to immerse in a deep thoughts of searching the sense of existence and life. Majority of millions of populations in the world have the opinion that we came to the life to live, get education, make family and children, leave after us generation, others say that being happy in this life is the main purpose, some other people believe that reaching the goals and dreams is important, another group state that doing great projects and accomplishments that will make a mark on this world and be remembered for years is for what we come for. For that people who is trying to enter to University for many years and get education is purpose of life, for another one who striving against the cancer changing one hospital to another is purpose of living, for them who is tying to get upper position in work and be boss, senior person is purpose of life, for some others making something new, create something, be useful to people and different is the chief aim of life.. Which one to follow is up to the people themselves. Life can’t have a purpose or meaning, because life is a mindless process. Some living beings have minds. Human have minds. But human aren’t the process of life. They are the result of that process.
As a matter of fact, nearly all the philosophers and scientists in past left us their treasure and experiences- quotes, books- assuring us that happiness is the only purpose of life. There are not a several people who believe in this. In fact, if we look around, most people are pursuing happiness in their lives. For instance, when we buy something new, we think it makes us happy, or when we go on holiday , or we get a well- paying job (even we don’t like) we think that it makes us happy. The thing is that how do we achieve happiness? Happiness can’t be a goal itself. It is believed that happiness is merely by a product of usefulness. Going on holiday, work, dinner with friends or buying a car – these things are great, right. This should make us happy. But they are not useful. They don’t create anything. You just consuming or doing something for yourself. It can’t be the meaning of life. Happiness is when we are useful, or create something that others can use. The quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson restated this : “ The purpose of life is not to be happy, It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived well.” Perhaps, it sounds heavy to do, but actually it is really simple.
Eventually the question comes out : “What we are doing that’s making difference? What you would hope others would say about you when they describe you? or What you would want to be written in your obituary? . Markedly, must be pointed out that, experience is another name for life. But while having experiences the one who understands that time is infinite and beyond the reach of man , we’ll understand the life. So, we are sent to make the world more beautiful and amazing. There are too many things to experience but very little time, so let experience them as much as we can. Everyday try something new, learn something new. Be different , but never be addicted to person, thing, religion, etc. Possibilities are endless. We can do anything. We can become anything.
And most importantly, It is only while living that you can wake up in the morning, hear the chirping of the birds, smell the fragrance of the flowers, feel the touch of your beloved, see the brilliance of the sun, and tell ourselves as we look into the mirror , that life is the best thing that ever happened to us.