This is day # 7 of 30 days of blogs on philosophy. Over the next 5 days, I will continue to attempt to provide answers to some big life questions as a learning exercise.
What is the meaning of life?
The answer really depends on what you think will happen when you die. For the billions of people around the world who are Christian, Jewish, or Muslim they belive that they are going onto an afterlife.
When you believe in an afterlife, the meaning of life is then just a step along the way to a future destination. The point is to live the “correct” way so that you can win entry into then afterlife.
Last night I wrote about what happens when we die. To sum it up, we know two things:
- That we are alive right now.
- That we don’t know what happens after.
You can be very certain that you are currently alive. Whether or not there is an afterlife you ought to be VERY uncertain of.
Right now, since you are reading this, you are alive, and don’t have any experience with being dead. You don’t know what it was like to be dead, but you do know what it was like to not be alive. Because there was a time when you weren’t alive. Before you were born.
What was it like before you were born? Or even after you were born, but before you had memories.
You don’t know because YOU didn’t exist. Before you became conscious, you didn’t exist.