posted on Feb, 29 2016 @ 05:39 AM
Depending on who you ask, either:
1) There is no scientific or logically compelling "meaning" of life or "reason" to live, and all empirical data, studies, and theories currently
prevailing suggest that existence is nihilistic and simply a natural consequence of matter and energy interacting according to the laws of physics. At
best, we possess an extremely narrow form of free volition, and at worst we may lack free will entirely. Any semblance of meaning is derived from
existential terror management, cognitive dissonance, the unique capacity of homo sapiens to be cognizant of its mortality and to think about it, and
is an illusion; an emergent property or system we call consciousness, but is ultimately simply neurology, perception, and a combination of randomness,
chance, and delusion.
2) Everything happens for a reason, there is a reason for your life, and it is (insert mystical, religious, or secular philosophical reasoning.)
3) (What I believe, at least at this moment.) No one can adequately prove #1 or #2 beyond all rational doubt. Moreover, short of simply laying down,
not moving, and awaiting death, we are all engaging in some modicum of belief in some reason - even if only a functional one - for which there's no
compelling proof. Because really, there is no compelling proof of a reason to perpetuate our existence beyond biological instinct and the human desire
to find meaning in existence. Yet... even knowing this... even the most ardent, skeptical, dedicated atheist doesn't just lay down and die. They get
up. They love. They live. They advocate and defend the rationality and logic of their skepticism, even as it - objectively (or something like it) -
points toward meaninglessness in the grand scheme of things.
We feel these emotions - love for our families for instance, which we perceive as feeling like more than just neurotransmitters and hormones - and
actions have meaning, even though logically it seems probable the universe will one day grow cold and dark, and become devoid of life, or any sign
that any of us ever thought a thought or created a thing or expressed an emotion or said/wrote/signed/signaled a word.
What's more, nothing we are seeing or interacting with is "what is really is" anyway. What we see and interact with is dictated by the wavelengths of
light we can sense, and the form the matter we can tangibly feel exists in, and the particular manner in which our brains create our picture of
reality vs, say, a cat's. According to physics, it's all just highly specific perturbations of a medium (one I have yet to see ontologically or
dialectically defined to my satisfaction,) and according to neurology, what we see is just a picture of whatever it "actually is" that our brains
assemble. Not, in itself, WHAT it "actually is."
So you have the inability to prove meaning or meaninglessness definitively, coupled with engagement with belief - to however slight a degree, and
however conscious or unconscious a degree - whether we like it or not, and on top of that... even our most precise, scientific perceptions of
reality are, to some degree, subjective either to our consciousness, or to our sensing instruments, and where one ends and the other begins is also
not necessarily settled to my satisfaction.
Therefore... I say believe absolutely whatever you need or want to, to make life bearable, and meaningful for you, if you need meaning. Because it's -
at least with our current capabilities - all just this amorphous, subjective, indirect picture of reality anyway, no matter how objective and
materialist we like to imagine we've become via the rigor of modern academia.
In short... take your pick, and create meaning for yourself if so inclined. Or not.