Friday, April 29, 2005

The meaning of life

When I think about the meaning of life, I do not ponder how we came to be or why we exist. Rather, it is more along the lines of what it means to live and thrive in our daily lives. I came up with quite a simple thought/explanation in the quest to decipher the meaning of life and that is: to feel okay.

Is it really that simple? Am I reinforcing the theory of Occam’s Razor?
When I speak of feeling just “okay,” it is because being okay is the minimum threshold before feeling bad or poorly. Let’s face it, when we feel like crap, the rest of the world seems shitty, and it consumes our lives until we feel better or in my terms, “okay.”

As simplistic and naïve as the theory may sound, think about it. We strive to feel okay in our daily lives by taking care of our basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. We interact with others and seek out love, which brings us comfort and joy. All the products we buy are purchased to increase our well being in either a physical, emotional, or mental way. Everything we do, all our behaviors, are coordinated in a manner to make us feel okay and keep living.

It comes down to this: feeling okay is the balance between bad and good or sad and happy. It is the fulcrum, the baseline, the origin. Without it, we would not have a perspective, a reference, or a safe space to make sense of the world. It is quite simply, what it means to live.
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