For some time now, I have played with the idea, of coming up with a rational answer to the question - what is the meaning of life?
I still find it hard to express all of the thoughts I've had about the subject, so I hope that by sharing my thoughts with you guys, I can learn
something new, and perhaps get a step closer to formulating a specific answer. I do not claim to know what the meaning of life is, nor do I claim that
there is one. But if I were to give it my best guess, this would be it:
There is one intention which is shared by almost all men and that is to stay alive. Naturally there are exceptions, but for the vast majority of
earth’s population, survival is alpha and omega.
I would argue that this is the intention that the most people on earth share, but I have no numbers to verify such a claim, so I’ll leave it for you
to decide for yourselves, if there are any other intentions that supersede it.
So the meaning of life becomes a question of how to survive.
How do we survive then?
So far, our shared history has shown us, that by gathering information, we can learn how to manipulate our surroundings and how to co-exist with them
in a sustainable manner, and hence increase our odds of survival significantly.
So - the meaning of life is collecting data.
I've written a few argument. I know they aren't great. Perhaps I should just roll it all into one. But this is for the purpose of testing my theories
out on you - so trial and error.
Yoda: “Everything! Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in
We fear the unknown. We hate what we fear. Sometimes to an extend that is irrational and counterproductive. Therefore it is important to collect
information, so that we might increase our understanding, and control our fear.
We stand on the shoulders of giants. This means that without our scientific history and without the ability to transfer information from generation to
generation, we would not have the modern marvels we see today. Our medicine, our gadgets, in fact most aspects of our modern lives, are the direct
result of collecting data. We live longer, healthier lives.
The way we use data, will always be limited to our current understanding of it. This process of survival through understanding is not bullet proof,
because there is no guarantee that it is right. But science is self-correcting. Even though it may not always be right, it does have the best
statistical probabilities of being right of any system, and should therefore also give the best foundations for survival.
Let me know what you think.
These thoughts can be summed up in many ways. Personally I prefer calling it collecting or gathering data, since I find it to be the most boring way
to say it. But feel free to suggest alternatives - to any part.
If you see any major holes, or well, any holes at all, please point them out. I suspect that there will be holes. But I do also feel there is
something to it all.
I am not interested in making this a religious discussion, so please refrain from bringing it up. I am more interested in testing the logic of the
argument, than hearing how it fits with theological theories.
edit on 06/06/12 by Mads1987 because: (no reason given)
06/06/12 by Mads1987 because: (no reason given)