"What is the meaning of life?"

July 17, 2008 | 27 comments

I always thought that was an answerless question, a lame conversation-starter that people threw out when they didn’t know what else to talk about. Though I’d actually heard some pretty inspiring thoughts on that question in the various secular “personal growth” books I’d flipped through in my life, it seemed that it ultimately boiled down to a matter of opinion, that there wasn’t — in fact, there couldn’t be — a universal answer.

It wasn’t until I’d been studying Christianity for a while that I realized that it offered a strikingly clear answer to this age-old question:

The meaning of life is to know, love and serve God.

I couldn’t believe I’d never heard this. I’d lived in heavily Christian areas most of my life and was on the receiving end of many evangelization efforts (I was often the only non-Christian to be found), yet it was never overtly stated that that this belief system offered such a clear, concise answer to the What’s the meaning of life? question.

I wouldn’t have found this at all compelling at the time since, in my mind, belief in God was like belief in Santa Claus. However, I can’t help but wonder if it would have planted a seed. The theory that the meaning of life is to know and love and serve the One who created us — and that we will always be restless, we will never find true harmony in our lives until we understand this — might have lingered somewhere in my subconscious. It’s such a clear, testable statement — it just begs to be tried. I wonder if at some point, after my firm atheism had melted to a sort of curious agnosticism, I might have decided to give it a shot.

I had begun to notice a general restlessness in myself and the other people I knew who were immersed in secular society. There was a lot of seeking, driven by the strong sense that there was something out there that we were looking for, but not a lot of finding. We looked high and low, read books about how to find all life’s answers within ourselves, traveled, did yoga, changed career paths, dabbled in Buddhism, went back to school, traveled some more, and even sent the occasional inspirational “life wisdom” email forward. And yet the restlessness remained.

I really don’t know how much it would have piqued my curiosity to hear the Christian pitch that we hadn’t found what we were looking for because there was one, big place we hadn’t looked. But it’s such a simple answer to such a huge question, with no downside to trying it even if it’s wrong, that I can’t help but wonder if my curiosity might have gotten the best of me at some point. There’s a part of me that thinks that I might have taken that first step and attempt to get to know this rumored Creator, just to see what I might find.


  1. mariam_...

    An artist said once that searching for truth was a horrible thing, and that the only true things he had found were loneliness and death. If this were so, the only way to “find” the meaning of life would be to fool oneself into believeing life is somehow beautiful.
    He is SO right. But for the tiniest detail: our loneliness is so huge, that it can actually house God. That’s where I found Him. And truth stopped being so terrible.
    The toughest thing is to give up being so lonely, which, on the other hand, makes you so unhappy. I still don’t know why this happens, but some of us are afraid of love.
    I would just ask this artist what he would do if he knew he had never been alone.
    With my agnostic friend, we agreed that the only reason to live was love.
    (I’m a Spanish speaker. Sorry for the language mistakes!)

  2. Christine

    When I loudly ask that question to my kids …..they answer loudly back….”to know, love and serve Our Lord!!!!”

    So important to have those simple seeds planted in youth.

  3. SuburbanCorrespondent

    That need to serve – does everyone feel it, or just those of us who end up in one religious fold or another? It seems to me that people who are perfectly happy with their secular lifestyles don’t feel that longing; or perhaps they sublimate it with serving otherwise, somehow? Is that what is meant by idols, you think? Things we love and serve instead of God?

  4. Katie


    Okay but seriously, this- “The meaning of life is to know, love and serve God” sums it up nicely!

  5. EegahInc

    Now wait a minute. I distinctly remember in the final episode of Family Ties that Justine Bateman said to Michael J. Fox that “the meaning of life is to be happy, try not to hurt other people and hope that you fall in love.”

    One of you is wrong 🙂

  6. Shelly W

    So much truth here–I love it! You have done a fantastic job of articulating the answer to one of the most difficult questions in the universe.

    I always find it interesting that the meaning of life has NOTHING to do with us. People seek fulfillment in so many ways–usually self-serving ways. But when we give up ourselves, our ways, our “stuff,” and focus on serving and loving God, we find true happiness.

  7. Tausign

    If I remember my Baltimore Catechism it began: ‘The purpose of life is to know, love and serve the Lord in this life, and to be happy with him in the next.’

    As far as restlessness goes, its a definate red flag that something is wrong. Try this: Rest is the Fullness of Gathered Peace

  8. Abigail

    Great post!

    I hit a real milestone last year when I passed by a travel book display at Barnes and Noble, started explaining to my kids all about my former travels in Greece and then suddenly realized that there was no where new I wanted to go. “Boring” family life in Catholic Maryland is enough for me!

  9. Stephanie

    I’m of the family ties school of thought at the moment…

    Hmm…it seems to me this line of thought ends up with more questions than answers.

    Be happy? How? What is happiness? How can I find it? (And no, I don’t think the answer lies in stuff or lack of stuff…”To know, love, and serve God” is where we find happiness. There’s a reason Jesus said “blessed are the poor”, I think they often see the answer to life more clearly because they don’t have all the clutter in the way. It’s not just not having stuff that makes them happy, it’s that they know, love, and serve God primarily and things are secondary to them.)

    Try not to hurt other people…ok, but why? (Again I see the answer in because we are to know, love, and serve God, and part of this is treating all life with respect.)

    Hope for love? That’s kind of depressing to me since it’s so uncertain…with God, we have a certainty that we are loved and are told to love back, not to accidentally “fall” in love but to make the choice every day to know, love, and serve God.

    So it seems kind of a non-answer leading to more questions!

    Regardless, good luck with your decluttering, it always refreshes me to get rid of stuff. 🙂

  10. Anny

    That’s beautiful.

  11. Barb

    Can I put a bit of a twist on your definition of the meaning of life? See, all my life I have lived just as you have said, to know, love and serve our Lord. But as I approach mid life and look back I understand something that for me is much deeper. My life of knowing, loving and serving was so hard to do and fraught with so much angst that I was knowing, loving and serving enough. I never felt that I measured up. Or when I finally did on a particular day or hour, do something that I thought was good, then I would be prideful of my accomplishment to know, love or serve Him. I vacillated between pride and dismay.

    My new approach is so much more restful and is bearing so much good fruit. It is simply this. The meaning of life is to be known by the Father and to allow him to love me. Wholly and completely. My serving him (as he does not ask us to be servants in his house but heirs – kids) involves my working alongside of what he is doing today. We know, love and serve others together. Him and me.

    It is not a huge shift from what you said and I am not disagreeing with you. But when all is said and done, the perspective from this vantage point introduces me to a loving Father that gave himself for me that I am allowed to be loved by him. My vacillations cease and I am at rest.

    Blessings Jen.

  12. Anonymous

    Your post reminded me of something first learned in elementary school more than 50 years ago. As I recall, the first question we memorized in the old Baltimore Catechism was “Why did God make us?” And the answer was “To know, love, and serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him in the next.” Not a bad thing to learn when you’re only 6 or 7 years old!

  13. Paul, just this guy, you know?

    I had a similar reaction when I ran across the exchange in the old Baltimore Catechism:

    Q: Who made you?
    A: God made me.

    Q: Why did God make you?
    A: To know Him, to love Him, and to serve him in this life, and to be eternally happy with him in the next.

    And I thought, that’s it, that’s the meaning of life. That’s our purpose, what we’re born for.

    And so many people spend so much time wondering about it.

  14. Ben

    “The theory that the meaning of life is to know and love and serve the One who created us — and that we will always be restless, we will never find true harmony in our lives until we understand this — might have lingered somewhere in my subconscious. It’s such a clear, testable statement — it just begs to be tried.”

    A number of folks who read this blog have been testing this theory for quite a while. Can anyone vouch for it? Can anyone here say that he or she has found true harmony and the end to restlessness by knowing, loving, and serving God?

  15. Flexo

    Can anyone here say that he or she has found true harmony and the end to restlessness by knowing, loving, and serving God?

    In answer to your question, Ben — Yes, I can say that.

    For those struggling with the whole God Question, though, allow me to comment on Jen’s experience, “I wouldn’t have found this at all compelling at the time since, in my mind, belief in God was like belief in Santa Claus.”

    Although “The meaning of life is to know, love and serve God” from the Baltimore Catechism, etc. is absolutely accurate, it is sometimes not very helpful. Certainly the non-believer is not impressed and is rather uncomfortable with the “serve” part, but even the believer sometimes does not fully grasp the import of this statement of the meaning of life. (Just as we often do not fully grasp the import of Jesus’ formulation of this same idea — the whole of the Law and the Prophets is “you shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and thy mind and all thy soul, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”)

    So, to simplify the statement a bit, and perhaps make it more palatable to our non-believing friends, it might be helpful to say it this way —
    “The meaning of life is to live in truth and love and be loved. We exist to love and to be loved in truth.”

    Now, the believer knowing both Love and Truth, will realize that this is saying the same thing. (The whole “serve” concept is rather redundant, since to love someone is to give of yourself to him or her, i.e. to serve them.) But even if you do not believe, rather than sinking into some existential angst and nihilistic despair, hopefully you will at least agree that such a meaning of life is to be aspired, such a meaning best comports with our innate humanity, rather than some utilitarian ethic of materialistic pleasure and acquisition of power.

    And, once again, our Papa comes through at the right time — “when we love we are fulfilling our deepest need and becoming most fully ourselves, most fully human. Loving is what we are programmed to do, what we were designed for by our Creator. Naturally, I am not talking about fleeting, shallow relationships, I am talking about real love, the very heart of Jesus’ moral teaching: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” and “You must love your neighbour as yourself” (cf. Mk 12:30-31). This, if you like, is the programme that is hard-wired into every human person, if only we had the wisdom and generosity to live by it, if only we were ready to sacrifice our own preferences so as to be of service to others, to give our lives for the good of others, and above all for Jesus, who loved us and gave his life for us. That is what human beings are called to do, that is what it means to be truly alive.
    Pope Benedict XVI
    Meeting with Disadvantaged Young People, World Youth Day 2008

    Sydney, July 18, 2008

  16. mariam_...

    Hi again!! “VOUCH FOR IT!!”, thanks, ben. Flexo gave us an exelent answer. However, I’d like to add
    Jesus, hanging on the cross, said, “I Thirst.” And we are all witnesses to
    what happened on the cross. We are sent into the world to urgency bear
    testimony to this. As the church, we are called to spread the gospel message.
    We are called to thirst for Him and for all for whom He thirsts. The church does
    not have a mission – it is the mission.
    Mother Teresa is certainly an example of this type of witness. “We want,”
    she says, “to satiate the thirst of Jesus on the cross for the love of souls.” At the
    entrance of the chapel of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in the Bronx
    are the words, “I Thirst, I Quench.” “Service to others is a drink offered to him. In
    offering that drink, our thirst is quenched. I thirst, I quench.”
    Debates over water and other thirst quenchers will rage on, but our thirsts
    are quenched by the completion of Jesus’ earthly life. Christ calls the church and
    its members to be missionaries. We are called not to bring Christ to where he
    has not been before, but to meet him where he has been all along. For him the
    whole world thirsts, and Christ thirsts for the thirsty, hungers for the hungry, and
    yearns for the yearning.

    Meaninglessness hurts so badly. Try to seek for common good without loving. Try to love without feeling pain. I mean, side effeccts appear, but we are happy when we love. I guess Christians are not heroes, but just people in need that need to see other people’s necessities.

  17. The Koala Bear Writer

    Interesting that you post this, when the question had just come to me again today. Once in a while, I feel purposeless and start wondering what I’m supposed to be doing. Life has to be about more than having fun. You’re so right in your statement of our purpose. And it seems so simple, yet it’s so complex. I found Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life very helpful when I was pondering this a few years ago.

  18. Myron

    Hi. I’m new to this blog, but Jen, your thoughts seem at least interesting, if not oh-the-ligtbulb-just-went-on correct. I’ve seen the same restlessness in people, and it does seem to stem from a lack of a well-defined purpose. On the other hand, although it was your experience as an atheist that you lacked a purpose, it has not been my experience at all. I decided against religion as a young child because it just didn’t make sense. I gave it a real honest shot in several churches, and it just didn’t provide the answers I was looking for. It seemed to me that the people who were the least restless in their beliefs, and had found “harmony” “inner peace”, etc., were also the people who questioned the least, and thought the least carefully about what they should believe, and I didn’t want to be like that because it seemed a dangerous path to travel. That’s what makes your blog potentially interesting – you might be an exception to that observation. What it seems to me that you’re doing (I’m still new to this blog as I’ve said, and have only read two posts and the associated comments) is to find the things in Christianity that resonate with you, and live by those, rather than any strict doctrine. Which is fine, because a lot of good ideas are passed around through religion, but I hope you question each of them as they come to you. I think after a time you might find that the underlying answers and themes you arrive at by this questioning aren’t dependent on Christianity or a belief in God. Maybe. I’ll watch and see.

    By thinking through what I was searching for and was resteless about, I realized I needed a purpose that transcends my life. I realized my life by itself wasn’t really worth that much, and if I died it wouldn’t really make that much difference. For that matter, the argument can legitimately be made that all of humanity, stuck on a little rock in the middle of vast emptiness, isn’t worth that much. The response to that argument is a whole other conversation, so I’m going to stick with talking about the purpose that guides my life, and leaves me feeling satisfied that I’m doing something meaningful, instead of feeling like the goals I’m working towards don’t have meaning, which would cause me to be restless.

    My purpose is simple, like the one you have found, but I think it’s better. It is this: To do whatever I can to see that the place I leave behind when I die is better than it would have been if I had not lived.

    It would be nice to say my purpose is to leave behind a place that is better than the one I came into, but I think that’s far, far too optimistic, as how good the world is is influenced to some degree by all 6 billion or so of us, and so I don’t have enough influence in the world to tip the balance significantly. It’s sad, but if you’re basing your moral framework on staying close to the truth, there it is. But here’s something else that’s true: Every action I take (or fail to take) will have consequences for the world around me. I’ve seen a lot of things in my life which… well let’s just say that your previous post on good and bad people sums the situation up pretty well. To simplify things down a little bit, I think everyone is the person they are because of how they think about the world. And how they think about the world is influenced by the examples of people they see around them, by how people have treated them, and what they think it all means for how they should behave. And, given the right circumstances, people can come to some pretty widely diverging conclusions about that last part. But that doesn’t make them evil (as in “different from me, I’m good so I just couldn’t understand evil”), it just makes them people, like everyone else, trying to figure out how they should be and what they should do. So part of my purpose is to be as much of a positive influence on the people around me as possible. Because while I may not be able to change the world, I can have a significant impact on the people I interact with directly (some of them, anyway). And here’s another truth: if I get hit by a bus tomorrow, the impact I’ve had on those people remains. Maybe they’ll smile a little more. Maybe they’ll be nice to someone in a moment when they really need it, and who knows, that might even save a life somewhere down the road (that I never get to hear about, and never gets connected to anything I did, but that’s OK by me, it’s not about credit). Either way, it will make the world an easier place for everyone to live in. And the ripple effects of my actions are, in some small way, eternal. Because they get passed from person to person, and in the end affect the whole group, including children who are alive today. And those kids have kids, and slowly the effect of my small contribution gets smaller and smaller relative to the whole, but it’s still always there. The fact that what I can do is so small when many problems in the world seem so large is just a simple logical truth that we all have to learn to accept. Some people choose to believe in God because they’re scared that nothing they do, nothing they can contribute to the world, will matter. And if serving some eternal being is the only way you can find to convince yourself that what you do will matter, then fine, do that. But I’m not comfortable doing that myself because I feel it’s not sticking to the truth. I see no reason why Christianity should be held up as THE way to have a purpose in life, any more than any other religion. When you think about it carefully everything matters at least a little bit, and the effects of what you do last pretty much forever. Once you’ve wrapped your head around that, it becomes important to think very carefully about what you’re doing, whether you’re religious or not. And you end up watching out to make sure you’re being very, very honest to yourself about your motives and the likely consequences of your actions, which is a lot of what I think you were getting at in the post before this one.

    I’ve recently discovered that this viewpoint maps fairly well to something called “Secular Humanism”. You might want to look into it, although I think it’s been suggested before in comments so you have probably already done so and rejected it for some reason. Also, some people might object to the fact I haven’t defined what making the world “better” means, and so I haven’t come up with a comprehensive answer, it’s just more relativism. But I think the definition of what “better” looks like should be something everyone thinks about very carefully, and I certainly hope that if I were to give you a definition now I could come up with a “better” one (ha) in a year from now. So my response to that one is “Think about it and come up with your own answer, and then talk about it with the poeple around you. And don’t set the definition in stone – always keep thinking.”

  19. Antique Mommy

    Matters of faith are so simple and so complex, so mysterious and so clear, so immediate and so eternal. Understanding these things is like trying to hold water in my hand. I can’t do it for very long.

  20. Myron

    Oh, and in response to SuburbanCorrespondent:
    That need to serve – does everyone feel it, or just those of us who end up in one religious fold or another?

    Evidence suggests everyone feels it, or at least a very significant percentage, as I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who are too cynical to give being unselfish a try. It seems to be a basic element of human psychology that helping other people makes us feel good in a way that helping ourselves does not. Economists have looked at the question of whether you can “buy” happiness, and they’ve found that after your basic needs are met, getting yourself more stuff doesn’t increase your reported level of happiness for more than a very short time (“hedonic treadmill”, anyone?), but giving to others does, very strongly. I can only imagine that the same is true of non-financial giving. I find it to be in my life, anyway.

  21. Bender

    Matters of faith are so simple and so complex, so mysterious and so clear, so immediate and so eternal.

    The Faith presents many paradoxes.
    Jesus said that we must be like the little ones — and it is true that often innocent little children have a greater understanding of what is truly important, a greater grasp on the essentials of the Faith than we do. But as we grow further into the world, we lose that simple understanding.

    Such ignorance is learned. The world clouds our eyes and confuses us, and so the clear becomes mysterious, the simple becomes complex. We forget that, although we are in the world, we are not of the world, and we learn to lose sight of Truth.

    But once we set aside our hubris of “enlighted” and exhaulted “knowledge,” and become innocent again like children, it all becomes clear and obvious. In so doing, we do not diminish ourselves, but instead make ourselves greater; we become true adults in life and in the faith. By becoming what the world sees as less, we actually become more.

    Watching World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney has prompted me to go re-read the Pope’s remarks on his visit to the United States. Again, he states it perfectly —
    For an affluent society, a further obstacle to an encounter with the living God lies in the subtle influence of materialism, which can all too easily focus the attention on the hundredfold, which God promises now in this time, at the expense of the eternal life which he promises in the age to come (cf. Mk 10:30). People today need to be reminded of the ultimate purpose of their lives. They need to recognize that implanted within them is a deep thirst for God. They need to be given opportunities to drink from the wells of his infinite love. It is easy to be entranced by the almost unlimited possibilities that science and technology place before us; it is easy to make the mistake of thinking we can obtain by our own efforts the fulfillment of our deepest needs. This is an illusion. Without God, who alone bestows upon us what we by ourselves cannot attain (cf. Spe Salvi, 31), our lives are ultimately empty. People need to be constantly reminded to cultivate a relationship with him who came that we might have life in abundance (cf. Jn 10:10). The goal of all our pastoral and catechetical work, the object of our preaching, and the focus of our sacramental ministry should be to help people establish and nurture that living relationship with “Christ Jesus, our hope” (1 Tim 1:1).
    Pope Benedict at Vespers
    April 16, 2008

  22. Faerylandmom

    Myron said: “To do whatever I can to see that the place I leave behind when I die is better than it would have been if I had not lived.”

    My only problem with this is deciding what standards one uses to decide if things really are better. Although your statement is a very valid and noble one, why would it matter? If we cease to exist (which I don’t know if that’s what you believe) after death, then what is the point of thinking about anyone but ourselves?

    If there is nothing beyond us, then why does it matter if the human race is better off after we die?

    I’m not trying to be difficult…I promise…It’s a legitimate question I ask anyone who is atheist, agnostic, or a Secular Humanist.

    And for all of you questioning…keep questioning. There ARE answers. “All find what they TRULY seek.” (CS Lewis in The Last Battle)

  23. Myron

    kuvqjqumFaerylandmom, there are a few good questions here, so this might turn into another long post 🙂

    My only problem with this is deciding what standards one uses to decide if things really are better.

    This is indeed a very important and difficult question. And I don’t have a concise once-sentence answer for you. My approach in life has been to learn as much as I can about “how things work” (biology, psychology, economic theory, history, antropology, whatever I can find that seems like it might be useful). Then I take what I know, and look at each decision I have to make, and try to think it through the best I can. I realize this isn’t a perfect process. I know that a year from now I’m going to look back and say “now, if only I’d read that article back then, I’d have made a better decision”. But I don’t blame myself for that – all I can expect is to do the best I am able. So I might in fact end up making things worse without meaning to, but I still think this approach has advantages over any other one I’ve been able to find (and if I find a better one, I’ll switch). Because many other approaches (such as the way some people interpret religious text) take some received knowledge as given and unassailable, which leads to doing things that, in light of some new knowledge that conflicts with what we thought was true, are less than optimal. We’re always learning things, so we should all be open to changing what we do, without being ashamed that we used to think differently.

    As for whether things actually are better for my efforts, and deciding what standards to use to decide what a better world would look like, that’s an ongoing discussion as well. But my goal isn’t to look back some day and say “I’ve succeeded, the world is better than it was”, but to continue trying to make it better than it would be if I wasn’t here to be me, each day. If you want me to give some serious thought to what I think a “better” world looks like, and drop you an e-mail, I’d be happy to do so.

    If we cease to exist (which I don’t know if that’s what you believe) after death, then what is the point of thinking about anyone but ourselves?

    If there is nothing beyond us, then why does it matter if the human race is better off after we die?

    The human race is beyond us as individuals. The complex and beautiful place where we live is beyond us, and worth protecting. Even if there is no god, the human race and the world are things which could potentially last until the end of time. So that makes it more important than my invidivual life, which is very, very limited. I could just as well ask why serving God is the morally right thing to do. Aside from “if you don’t you’ll feel pain in Hell” which doesn’t count because it is a self-interested and not a moral argument.

    Another answer for why we should be interested in helping others rather than outselves, in both my view and a more religious one, is something akin to “that’s how we’re wired to be”, or “that’s just the way it is”. Not intellectually satisfying, perhaps, but when you consider these issues deeply enough, you come to a point where you realize certain things just are, in the same way gravity and light are. And one of those things is that it makes human beings feel a lot happier in the long run to spend their time and energy helping each other and building a better future, even if they may never see it, than to spend it helping themselves. Athiests might not believe in God, but if you ask them to think about it, they’ll believe in that. There’s good scientific evidence to suggest it’s an actual verifiable fact.

    I have my own ideas about whaat God might look like, if there is one. That’s another long e-mail I could send to anyone interested. But earlier today I read The Cynical Christian’s view of where goodness comes from, and it matches my own pretty closely. It’s either the universe’s sense of style, or the preferences of whoever created it (depending on whether or not you believe the universe was created rather than arising spontaneously. I don’t have an answer for that one that I’m sure of, but I have one I like). Regardless it’s clear that certain things make the universe work in a way that we as human beings see fairly consistently as good. If there’s a creator, I’m betting he sees things the same way. So even though I might not be sure of his existence, I can be sure of my own moral compass, and follow that, and I figure if he exists he’ll probably let me off with not choosing a religion. Something that concerns me about religion is that listening too closely to one religion over another can actually get in the way of thinking clearly about right and wrong. I like Bender’s (or Jesus’) thought that we need to be like children. Well, do children really know what religion is, in the same way well-indoctrinated adults do? Often not. But they have a strong sense of right and wrong, to the point where people who work against an injust system are oftne called “youthful idealists”. So I think regardless of a belief in god or a particular religion, thoughtful people can agree on two things:

    1. The existence of the world as a whole, and the quality of life for everything that inhabits it, is more important than the life of any individual component of that system. Even if there is nothing beyond the life we live here on earth, the existence we leave is more important than the person who left it.
    2. We all have a moral compass which tells us right from wrong. We might not want to listen to it, often the morally right choice is the hard one, and from what I can see it might be like a muscle that gets stronger or weaker depending on how much you use it. But it’s there, and listening to it leads to a life that feels more fulfilling for us as human beings.

    Also, if there is a god, I think we’re most likely to do what God wants by listening very carefully to our own moral compasses, rather than trying to make our sense of right and wrong fit what anyone else tells us is right or wrong. But that’s just my opinion based on what I’ve seen of religion, which isn’t as much as many people on this blog.

    As for what happens when we die, I don’t know. My best guess is “we die”. But I could be wrong. But if I’m right, that makes it more important to protect and enhance the world we live in for future generations, not less so. Because that’s all there is. No heaven, no nothing else besides what you see before you, so if you mess it up you’re messing up ALL of what we can agree is a beautiful place, not just the bit you happen to live in for a while on your way to the afterlife. If I’m right, there’s no being with the power to fix our mistakes. So be careful.

    Does that answer your question?

  24. Beverlydru

    This is my first visit. Some deep thinking going on over here.
    I love both the truth and the poetry in the paragraph in your previous post that includes…we are sailors without a compass…

    I’ll be back.

  25. The (Almost) Amazing Mammarino

    Great post. Thanks! I really enjoy your blog.

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