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What is the Meaning of Life? Give it your best shot.

We've all stared at the stars and wondered this question. In terms of finding an answer, I'm no closer than anyone else, but maybe collectively we can work something out. Douglas Adams fans, limit yourself to one post about 42. :)


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  • Sep 4 2013: The meaning of life and the human experience:

    The meaning of life is to perpetuate creation and structure out of chaos while exhibiting sensitive dependence. We observe form that is the resulting manifest of the intangible. Therefore, we may rationalize that the resulting patterns that emerge permit abstract connotations allowing for 'the word' to be our means of interaction with the aforementioned form.

    "You see like a seed, the word gives life
    Like a lamp, the word gives light
    Like a mirror the word reflects
    Like water, the word washes
    Like fire, the word cleanses
    Like a hammer, the word shatters
    Like a sword, the word cuts
    Oh but like medicine, the word heals
    And like a counselor, the word comforts
    You see the word is alive, and it is waiting
    Waiting for you to summon it like a soldier, and send it into battle
    So speak"
    Manny Scott

    Generally speaking, we inherently create unifying measures through which we translate the world around us. As we interact with our environments, we give meaning to life by the forms observed and their interactions of which is the foundation of our appetite for creation that ultimately serves the purpose of maintaining a physiological state of 'homeostasis' which aims to avoid conflicting values that determine our rationalizations, negating the intangible while adopting a consciously tolerable paradigm. We effectively lie to ourselves, disregard the unknown, and have the tendency to practice the application of anthropomorphism to things or events beyond our knowledge.

    Ok, that was a mouth full....

    The creation of philosophies derived from either the 'natural' world, geometry, numbers, or any other recognizable patterns often fail to acknowledge the intangible and/or chaos/entropy of the universe.

    The meaning of life is to create. The meaning of creation is to achieve equilibrium. The meaning of equilibrium is to maintain and ensure existence. All of which relies on 'the word', healthy communication and dialogue.

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