MEANING OF LIFE: – The meaning of life is a concept that provides an answer to the philosophical question concerning the purpose and significance of life or existence in general. It can be expressed through answering a variety of related questions, such as “Why are we here?” “What is life all about?” and “What is the meaning of it all?”
The answers to these questions have resulted in a wide range of competing answers and arguments, from scientific theories, to philosophical, theological, and spiritual explanations.
Why are we here?
Every skill and every inquiry, and similarly, every action and choice of action, is thought to have some good as its object. This is why the good has rightly been defined as the object of all endeavor. Everything is done with a goal, and that goal is “GOOD”.
What is life all about?
To the existentialist, existence precedes essence; the (essence) of one’s life arises only after one comes to existence. It is like chicken and egg.
Naturalistic pantheism: According to naturalistic pantheism (a doctrine that equates GOD with the forces and laws of the universe), the meaning of life is to care for and look after NATURE (the environment) and SOUL of all living creatures.
What is the meaning of it all?
Significance and value in life lead to life satisfaction, full engagement in activities, making a fuller contribution by utilizing one’s personal strengths, and meaning based on investing in something larger than the self.
If one believes that the meaning of life is to maximize pleasure, then these theories give normative predictions about how to act to achieve this. Likewise, some ethical naturalists advocate a science of MORALITY – the empirical pursuit of flourishing for all conscious creatures.