One definition is from the 20th century philosophy,
“The meaning of life is the attempts to reevaluate ones human existence”!
We all see “Life” differently, it’s what makes us unique and continue to grow in mind and soul. What would life be without change? It amazes me how hard it is for humanity to accept change. God created this existence around change and yet its the hardest concept for humanity to accept. I believe all religions are right in some principles but wrong in others. We are so certain our way is right that we cannot let ourselves accept a different view. The majority of mankind has convinced ourselves that if we accept portions of other beliefs then our foundation is unstable. It has hardened the hearts of many religious groups around the world, creating cults of different degrees. This is the reason for wars and pain within our world , country, families and within ones self.
Growing up, I was taught
“DONT POUND YOUR STAKES IN SO DEEP THAT YOU CANT PULL THEM OUT IF YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE WRONG”!
The truth is in front of us and so easy a child can understand but the idea of change is the hardest notion for humans to grasp. We call ourselves a higher species and yet the animal kingdom adapts and evolves so much faster.
We are killing our planet, our races, our families, ourselves. How may times? How many times must we repeat the human cycle before we rise to the GOD existence?
I believe we can have our values in our spiritual beliefs and apply the portions of great values in other beliefs.
Hinduism meaning of life is tied up in the concepts of karma, The goal is to know ones true self and accept the changes freely. This concept allows all to change within and accept others, for their journey is different.
Buddhism meaning of life is to embrace with mindfulness the suffering and well-being in ones life. To see the causes of suffering and well-being. Buddhist believe the causes of ones suffering is an unhealthy attachment to objects, material or non-material. They speak not about the meaning of life but about the potential of human life to end suffering. The Buddhists have a term known as “Nirvana”, meaning freedom from both suffering and rebirth.
I am reminded of the story:
The blind men and the Elephant
A number of disciples went to the Buddha and said, “Sir, there are living here in Savatthi many wandering hermits and scholars who indulge in constant dispute, some saying that the world is infinite and eternal and others that it is finite and not eternal, some saying that the soul dies with the body and others that it lives on forever, and so forth. What, Sir, would you say concerning them?”
The Buddha answered, “Once upon a time there was a certain raja who called to his servant and said, ‘Come, good fellow, go and gather together in one place all the men of Savatthi who were born blind… and show them an elephant.’ ‘Very good, sire,’ replied the servant, and he did as he was told. He said to the blind men assembled there, ‘Here is an elephant,’ and to one man he presented the head of the elephant, to another its ears, to another a tusk, to another the trunk, the foot, back, tail, and tuft of the tail, saying to each one that that was the elephant.
“When the blind men had felt the elephant, the raja went to each of them and said to each, ‘Well, blind man, have you seen the elephant? Tell me, what sort of thing is an elephant?’
“Thereupon the men who were presented with the head answered, ‘Sire, an elephant is like a pot.’ And the men who had observed the ear replied, ‘An elephant is like a winnowing basket.’ Those who had been presented with a tusk said it was a ploughshare. Those who knew only the trunk said it was a plough; others said the body was a grainery; the foot, a pillar; the back, a mortar; the tail, a pestle, the tuft of the tail, a brush.
“Then they began to quarrel, shouting, ‘Yes it is!’ ‘No, it is not!’ ‘An elephant is not that!’ ‘Yes, it’s like that!’ and so on, till they came to blows over the matter.
“Brethren, the raja was delighted with the scene.
“Just so are these preachers and scholars holding various views blind and unseeing…. In their ignorance they are by nature quarrelsome, wrangling, and disputatious, each maintaining reality is thus and thus.”
Then the Exalted One rendered this meaning by uttering this verse of uplift,
- O how they cling and wrangle, some who claimFor preacher and monk the honored name!For, quarreling, each to his view they cling. Such folk see only one side of a thing.
“We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.”
No two humans life story are the same and yet we are prone to want control over another, so certain our path is the right one for all.