What’s the meaning of life? It’s a question most of us have probably asked, but never quite found the answer to. To help us, we can look to the 19th century philosophy of existentialism.
Existentialism is a philosophy that aims to understand what it means to exist as a human being in the world and centres around the idea that everything in life is meaningless except the meaning we apply to it.
A bank note is just a bit of paper, but we apply a meaning to it, which gives it a purpose. Human beings through their own consciousness create their own values and determine meaning.
For thousands of years, people believed that they were born into the world with an inherent purpose, given to them by God or fate, and there was nothing they could do to change it.
However, 19th century philosophers started to questions this. They argued that a human being is not born with a purpose. They shape who they are by existing in the world first and then they choose what their purpose is, which creates meaning in their life.
In other words, we have the freedom to choose our own life’s purpose. Human beings are free to decide what they want to do in life and who they want to be.
Create Your Own Meaning
Each individual – not society or religion – is responsible for giving meaning to their life and living it authentically. A human beings’ true purpose in life is to apply their own purpose, to their own lives.
You have the freedom to find meaning in your life, no matter how big or small or mundane. If you decide that the purpose of your life is to watch TV, that is fine, you have the freedom to choose and no one can tell you otherwise.
You have the power to choose the meaning of your own life. There is no right or wrong answer, whichever answer you choose is the correct answer for you. So what will you decide is the meaning of your life?
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