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Michaela Rožňavská

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Does life make / have sense?

You might say that life doesnt have to make sense, and that that is the reason why it is so magical. But can you live senselessly? How? Whats the point of life and living, if there is any? Is there something universal we can all live for? How can we gain and preserve it?

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    Dec 24 2011: "The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." (p.52)
    - Tuesdays with Maury

    Life is a gift. I don't know why we are here. But what I do know is that we are all on earth TOGETHER and that life is short.

    Enjoy the time we do have. Leave a legacy of helping others. And enjoy life.
    • Dec 24 2011: Thanks a lot for your comment Andrew, I must say I agree. Living for love and for somebody else seems to be a nice meaning of life ... but tell me, is love eternal? Do you think there exists such love that can last forever- love that can not be bound by time, age, money, society or anything else that influences our lives?
      All in life (and life itself) is temporary- that is what scares me - to live for something that never lasts and is quickly changed and forgotten. Love seems to be pretty hopeful in having a long-lasting meaning, but is it really?
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        Dec 24 2011: Thanks for your response Katarina.

        "Do I think there exists such love that can last forever- love that can not be bound by time, age, money, society or anything else that influences our lives? "

        No.

        I think love, just as life, occurs in the context of time, space, circumstance, etc. A central condition of all life is that it is temporary. Life can reproduce itself. But as individuals, our time is limited. So in searching for meaning in our lives, I think we must be cognoscente of our temporary existence and the need to finding happiness in the short time we do have. That's where I think love comes in. Love and respect for others (humans, other species, the Earth, future generations) allows us to enjoy life to the fullest and to leave a positive lasting legacy.

        With that said, finding love (and not just the romantic kind but love in all of its forms) and happiness is always a struggle. I know it is for me and I'm sure it is for most people. However, that should not prevent us from striving to open our hearts to the idea.

        I really appreciate your question and would love (no pun intended lol) to hear what you think.
        • Dec 27 2011: Yes, life of a single being is temporary, that is true.
          Now, I guess that if you want to be remembered, (if you want your life to be useful and maybe have a deeper sense), you should leave something behind you. (Pass your genetic code and knowledge to your offspring / express yourself through music or art, / invent a machine that can significantly change the quality of life...)
          I guess for me, life would grow form a "temporary state of being" to "a useful time spent being productive", if I managed to use my limited time wisely and produced something that would not be forgotten.

          Now to the subject of love- yes, even though love has always been here and will be here lets say forever, you only live for a short period of time so you dont really have a chance to absrob it fully ... For our mortal lives that are prescribed into certain years and environments, I believe the grandness of love is not completely graspable, because even though we experience it, we can never understand the absolute power and "size" of love ... (I dont know if this makes sense, if I was not clear enough please tell me :D.)

          Where I aimed previously was whether you think that you can love someone throughout your entire life (and now I mean specifically romantic love). Do you think that you can love someone and long for someone with the same strength and intensity for decades- even when you both grow old, ill and wrinkled, even when all the lovely mysteries disappear? Or is loving a person just as temporary as everything else in life (and as life itself)? If not, what makes love different?

          Hope this wasnt too unordered and messy :D
          And thanks a lot for your reply :)
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        Jan 9 2012: Your questions are valid. The scientist will tell you romantic love will last long enough that you might fall pregnant - about 18 months( Used to be called the state of limmerance not sure what its called now) and after that (hopefully if a child or dog comes along) enough time to bring that being to some form of independence. Around 13 years. If you have the passion, commitment and intimacy with your partner you can expect around 13 years. After that Katarina, I believe something else is at play. Minds are so wonderfully woven together. As in love making where you might forget what body part is yours - so to the minds of friends merge. Now if this entanglement is for the most part healthy. Then love can last and grow and form shapes and colurs one might have previously thought unimmaginable.
        • Jan 9 2012: Thank you Phillip!
          I think you are completely right. Humans are animals, therefore we still have this "visceral urge" or instinct to have as much offspring as possible, hence love plays a less important role. However, as times change and people evolve in many ways, the function of love changes- and that, as I believe, is the "13 years +" period you desribed. That is where all the aspects of love- attachment, romance, lust and memories combine, to make it last.
          Your perception makes sense to me, thanks a lot again :)
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      Dec 26 2011: Just a quick correction:
      Tuesdays with Morrie (by Mitch Albom)

      For those who still wonder about the questions posed in this conversation, this book is indeed packed with answers (answers that perhaps we already know, but have neglected nonetheless).

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