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Even before I discovered Buddhism, I determined that the meaning of life is suffering. Not the horrific, pitiful, depressing suffering that is usually associated with the word "suffering", but rather simply a striving or a struggle for balance. If you look at anything, whether it is an atom or the vast universe or a human being or the earth, it doesn't matter, everything is striving for balance. Let's say an atom is unstable (i.e. doesn't have the perfect number of electron(s) to balance its protons), it will attach itself to another atom that is also unstable and share electron(s), which results in a molecule. But say the circumstances change and that molecule heats up, it may be more stable for the molecule to separate. Now this is one analogy, but similar analogies can be created for anything. Though as it goes, circumstances change, balance is not forever. It is impossible to achieve perfect balance, which is why suffering is the meaning of life, not the definition.
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