Saturday, February 7, 2015

Simple Question that Never has a Simple Answer


What do you feel is the meaning of life...?

147 comments:

  1. To give God glory. To help others find peace and joy.

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  2. That is a tough one! I think it's in the little things. Spending time with family, enjoying what we do each day, savoring a delicious bowl of ice cream covered in chocolate... Perhaps chocolate is the meaning of life!

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  3. Ah Keith that is difficult and think is different to each person.
    I believe in God and this is wonderful and hard sometimes.
    I know all I know and love is a road with God.
    But sometimes is difficult.
    Only I try to live day by day:))
    Xo

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  4. I wouldn't presume to hazard a complete assessment of anything still under construction --like life. Scripturally, there's nothing in Genesis to suggest God ever removed his hand from the clay. Whether His object was to create humanity or simply improve the dirt clod, our function --our meaning shared with all creatures-- is to learn.

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  5. Care for yourself and your loved ones. Be happy. Love deeply. Laugh loudly. Dance the night away. Life is what you make it. Reach for the stars and live it to its fullest.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  6. It's hard to say if there is a meaning to life. We are tiny pebbles in a never ending river of time. If there is an after-life, it's hard to say why we had to go through life to begin with.

    Though biologically, the only meaning in life to pass your genes to the next generation, increasing the chances of your species survival. Though we as humans seem to be too good at that. Especially stupid people.

    I certainly don't believe the meaning of life to praise some deity in a love/hate relationship with mankind and three personalities in a universe with billions of galaxies with countless planets and stars of their own.

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  7. Life is a mess, live it until you croak.

    What, no real ring to it? lol

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  8. I think we each put our own stamp on our lives.....choose our own meaning and live it. Remains to be seen if we choose correctly.

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  9. LIFE (noun)
    1
    a : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body
    b : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings
    c : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

    Now, if you want to get all personal and metaphysical-like, aside from the biologics, I'd say autonomy, knowledge, the concept of Kashmir, and adventure...

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  10. All you need is love and a dog (or cat in your case!) :)

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  11. Profundity is simple but never severe.


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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  12. to touch as many people as one can in as positive a way as one can!

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  13. I don't know. And, not knowing, I lead the best life I can , which to me means treading as lightly as possible on this world and doing as much good and as little harm as possible.

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  14. It has certainly been a journey of discovery and learning and it's not over yet.

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  15. Life should be to ensure the survival of our descendents but I am not sure we are doing such a good job of that.

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  16. Alex said it very well. To love God and to make God know to others.

    betty

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  17. To worship God and to find and do what He has planned for us.

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  18. Life isn't easy and its purpose is even less easy to define. It is filled with dangerous curves and throws a lot of nasty, unexpected punches. All we can do is give it our very best and survive with dignity and grace.

    Life is a perpetual learning experience.

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  19. The older I get, the more I think there might not be an "official/real" meaning to life. If a person will be completely honest, and think for themselves, they'd succumb to common sense which is simply that Life is a mystery and not one person on this planet has the definitive answer. We can only guess, because quite frankly we're all in the dark here. If our lives have any meaning at all, it's been hidden from us. Bearing that in mind, all I can come up with is that life is simply what we make of it. There might be something more to it, but we're not going to find that answer until after death. (Assuming that there is life after death. And even then, who knows? Maybe it'll still be a mystery even then?)

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  20. I feel and KNOW now for sure; that the meaning of life is what you give it~

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  21. meaning of life is simple,you need not break your head to understand this.LIVE LIFE THAT IS NATURALLY HUMAN WITHOUT DEVIATIONS.don't ask me what's naturally human,if you ask me,it means you have already deviated and your mind is corrupt.

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  22. May be instead of trying to know wat life is....we perhaps need to learn living it and on our way we might tumble over its meaning too.

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  23. I personally believe the meaning of life is to be happy. That's all you have to do. x

    (Or: the meaning of life is to give life meaning. That's very well found! <3)

    x Cloudy Dreams//visit my blog?

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  24. I think each person will a different answer which pertains just to them.. To me life is a journey, each day bringing a new experience. I know my life includes my family, my beliefs and that I make my own happiness. Good post, Keith! Happy Sunday!

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  25. To glorify God and to savor the gifts we've been given (my paraphrase of the opening question to the Westminster Catechism)

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  26. I've been thinking about that lately. I think it comes down to finding contentment in yourself. Not necessarily happiness because one can be happy without feeling content.I think contentment is important because it shows you have an appreciation for life, even in not so happy times. Also, I think helping others and living a life in your own terms is important as well.

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  27. To LIVE it and not to just safely let it slide by. But equally important is to leave behind others who found your being in their lives a positive.

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  28. I feel like that's what my thirties have been... contemplating the meaning of life. Guess what? I haven't figured anything out yet :)

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  29. to live honesty, kindly, productively

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  30. To pursue a creative outlet. To hope and to love.

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  31. To try to make better what we've ruined in the past.
    Bring back the Bison. Sing back the Swan.

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  32. to love, to have children and see their first steps and hear their first words. To be loved, understood, happy, satisfied.

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  33. Keith, that really is a huge question... I think the meaning of life is to always work at bettering ourselves, to learn to forgive and judge less and to give service to each other... Basically I think we need to learn to love more...

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  34. Is to do good and to restrain oneself against all forms of wrongs! Then it'll be meaningful!

    Hank

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  35. i think there's a lot of things, but to make the best out of it.

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  36. The answer is .....42:) Nothing like a huge question for Sunday:) No regrets even if you did something wrong or foolish (not talking about SOB's who murder or abuse and that includes doing that to animals). Giving one's best to people whether they be family, friends or strangers. Experiencing all one can try to experience depending on the money one has. By this I mean one can have the ability to travel to great places and see culture, art, architecture, customs or travel through reading about it or both! To realize, understand and be Ok with not being the next Nelson Mandela, Ghandi or Oprah. To be happy, in the end, with how you led your life. Boy I could keep going but this is a start. In the end I still say 42:)

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  37. i kind of want to say the answer is just 42 as well (hate that someone beat me to it). haha! but also maybe being the best person you can be. who knows? xx

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  38. I have an answer that may be simple but the working out of it never is. Meaning for life is found for me in this: love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength and love my neighbor as myself.

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  39. one answer, not possible for me
    but a good one might be to put heart in all we do

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  40. I think that the true meaning of life is to find happiness and to share that happiness to others. Living in peace and harmony with humanity and nature until our we have accomplished all we can accomplish until we truly are transformed to a higher form of spiritual being.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I would add and to be in union with our maker.
      JB

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  41. I think I heard someone say once that the meaning of life is to give life a meaning.

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  42. Since "meaning" and "sense" mean the same thing in this instance, and so many lives don't make sense, I'm not certain there is any meaning to our purpose. We are born, we grow, we learn, some more than others, we love, we hate, and lots of variances in between. The religion I was born in to taught my Mother we are not supposed to be happy on earth, that's for the "afterlife." I rebelled at that idea and religion and have tried to be as happy and peaceful as possible. I like to think we get to keep coming back life after life to try to do better...but....seeing as how modern civilization is screwing up the earth...I may want to try another distant planet in the future. There is no answer to your question anyone knows for certain, we all have to decide for ourselves...and good luck with that. :)

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  43. is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy sh**…what a ride!”

    ― Hunter S. Thompson

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  44. Life has no meaning. (unless you think it does)

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  45. Happiness. When your soul is happy, it radiates to others.
    Do what makes you happy. You can't do it over.
    Cheri

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  46. Love. And to make meaning out of what life is.

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  47. . . . being IN IT in LOVE and LAUGHTER . . .

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  48. Now that I'm older, I no longer think it's about the meaning of life so much as what gives meaning to your life.

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  49. LOVE would be the answer for most everything (acceptance, happiness, joy, peace, etc.)... It's all about Love of God, Love of Self , and Love of Others...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  50. What do you think is the meaning of life ...?

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  51. As in a predestined meaning, you mean? I don't thinks there's any...
    We are put in here - by whomever or whatever - as an experiment, but we are not briefed in the rules, there's no blueprint for what lays ahead... so, first we "have" to live. By surviving the natural aspect of it. When you overcome that phase you realize you're in for a trip so you decide what luggage you're taking, the things you’re getting rid of during the trip and while not knowing the destination – but instinctively you do everything to have the best of it. For you. For others. For the world. And for whoever or whatever you decide, choose, to believe is responsible for you being here.
    When destination arrives you will, hopefully, feel happy you were chosen to live this big adventure and looking back - hopefully 100 years back - you realize that there's no meaning. Only the one you built. And smile as you know at that exact moment thousands are starting their own experiment and are in for the most extraordinary experience...
    Love,
    Teresa

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  52. To live a life that makes you happy - without harming others.

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  53. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. To show God's compassion and love to others.

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  54. That's a hard one. It's a loaded question.

    The meaning of life is to push forward with your aspirations.

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  55. To LOVE...LOVE...LOVE...as if your life depended on it...because I truly believe it does! :)

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  56. complex. beautiful. a gift. all of the above. :)

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  57. Love /our spiritual nature, we are here to learn who we really are.hi Keith, it's been too long :)

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  58. Life is...
    a breakfast cereal.
    What do I win?

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  59. Seriously, giving the world something better than yourself (i.e., children, artistic legacy, etc.).
    NOTE: It's also a board game which is great fun for the whole family!
    Sigh...I can't help myself. I have a problem.

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  60. to experience being part of nature, so much that we respect it and protect when others fail to do so.

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  61. Love is the key ... to all that matters ...

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  62. I've thought about this question so much, Keith! The older I get the more confused I get about all that I don't know. I can't even decide if there is a God ~ that's not right! My rational, scientific mind says no God, but I've never been able to be an atheist and say there is no God. I don't think Christianity has all the answers, and I have a lot of questions! I seem to be saying to Terry a lot, "No matter what happens, I got to be. I am. Nothing can ever take that away." So my answer is "to experience." Love and learning are at the top of my list, and if there is an afterlife and it doesn't include those two things, I don't want it.

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  63. To find that 'something' what makes you happy, in love ~ then these vibes will felt by others and make them happy ~ so, see, this is chain reaction involved~ everything based on love :)

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  64. oh gosh, not an easy question! I would have to say: Love, memories and leaving the world a little better than you found it.

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  65. For me it's realizing contentment and trying to leave this world a kinder, more loving person than I was at the beginning.

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  66. If you're an non-religious existentilist, wouldn’t it be your position that life has no meaning beyond what one gives it?

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  67. to love thy neighbor as thyself and honor our creator

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  68. To love God and neighbor.

    Big hugs, honey...

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  69. Loved reading the answers here, Keith! Good question, and many people (too numerous to name) have excellent answers with which I agree.

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  70. hmm..so much is running through my head with this question. The meaning of life..my first response is to love and to enjoy the moments of each day in the journey as we come full circle.

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  71. I liked what the first commenter said and Traveling Bells. Agree with those sentiments wholeheartedly.

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  72. For me, it is summed up in Mark 12:30-31...a simple, lovely way to live...yet sometimes easier said than done!

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  73. Chocolate!
    No wait...

    But seriously, God is my meaning of life.

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  74. Monty Python had a 1983 movie "The meaning of life", which started with birth and ended with death, with all sorts of weird stuff in between.
    But the real meaning of life is to "Love your neighbor as yourself". Forgive and be forgiven, love and be loved"

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  75. is finding the meaning of life ~ Its the journey that counts after all ~

    Have a good week Keith ~

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  76. Life is truly knowing---not knowing about---God and enjoying Him forever, and all the love, joy, gentleness, warmth and acceptance He offers, which is plenty. My amplification of the answer to the first question in the Westminster Confession, which is pretty good.

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  77. Geez, you believe in jumping right into it, don't ya? I mean, couldn't you start out by asking our favorite color...?

    Okay, I think the meaning of life is love, kindness, compassion, and unity. Learning to realize how much we all have in common, and truly following the Golden Rule. Taking care of each other. Caring.

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  78. I loved the response from Fiona..."ladyfi"

    I guess my meaning of life is to live each day and become someone worthy of the life we live.

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  79. Hi Keith, How are you going to top this one? :-) I enjoyed reading the comments ... fascinating! To me, it's a process of maturing. Some will make more progress than others ... some will go backward. We're all in it together. The more I say, the deeper I will dig myself into a hole, so I'll leave it at that. John

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  80. love, with it a person can accomplish just about anything.

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  81. You spend all your life looking for it and eventually end up where you started. Then you realize you have the answer. Perhaps!

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  82. Whoa- that is a loaded question! There are already so many good answers- I will just say that I think the meaning of life is to love others as you love yourself. I would add that the word "others" also needs to apply to animals, the land we live on and the air we breathe. LOVE is a big word and a description for that would probably send us all in a tizzy trying to describe it. Have a wonderful day!!

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  83. "And did you get what
    you wanted from this life, even so?
    I did.
    And what did you want?
    To call myself beloved, to feel myself
    beloved on the earth."

    As said by Raymond Carver.
    And I agree :-)

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  84. I believe that's up to each person to determine.

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  85. To discover and fulfill your life's purpose, though I don't believe everyone succeeds. Apart from this, to bring glory to God, which we can do, no matter what role we may have.

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  86. I read recently that the meaning of life is to discover what your gift is and then share it with others. I don't know if that is right, but I like it.

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  87. Ooh, I want to steal Daisy's answer. I like it too!

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  88. I think the meaning of life is just that... life...

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  89. I think we all have to appreciate our loved ones, treat others as we'd like to be treated, and pass these values on to our children. Of course, a strong work ethic, perseverance, honesty, and lots of laughter help round out the list.

    Julie

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  90. To me, The meaning of life is love, family and to live my life as good as I can, be as good a person as I can, and cherish the time I have been given. As far as I can, always be as independent as I can, and never loose my inner child (even now at 46 being a mother of two, she's still there)

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  91. That must be the question that has a bazillion answers. Each person must find their own meaning for life and soooooo to that, I say, "Good luck to all. May they find their meaning."

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  92. I actually know this one! Okay, are you ready for this? I believe that before this life we existed as spirits in the presence of God, that he presented a plan where we could come to a physical earth, gain a physical body, be tested and learn for ourselves to choose good over evil. But more than that, I believe we are here to find joy, even amidst the trials and difficulties that come. In fact, I think that's one of the largest purposes of our existence. We're to become as much like the loving God who sent us here as possible. If we prove faithful, I believe we will return to his presence and become like Him. =)

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  93. I just answered this on OUR friend, Teresa's blog. She asked this same question on her post. Go over and check it out, if you want.

    Have a happy day, Keith.

    ~Sheri

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  94. To learn and to teach others what we have learned To evolve our eternal soul. We are not humans having a spiritual experience, we are spirits having a human experience. We live in an evolving universe and this is a place to learn valuable lessons of love, compassion, empathy, courage, persistence, resilience, etc. What better place to learn than a world that has such polarity - light/dark, joy/sadness, kindness/cruelty. Eventually we will graduate and evolve on even higher planes. We are all on the same journey, some of us take longer.......

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  95. Love & you will make a difference.

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  96. "Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." -Mary Oliver

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  97. is….. always just out of reach.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  98. FYI, I answered your "Ask Me Anything" question at my blog today!

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  99. I think I finally have my answer: The meaning in life is --- a series of chapters. Some are good, some are full, some are rewarding, some are hard, and some are scary. Without the chapters we don't have that important book called Life.

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  100. The answer is 22. (Just kidding!)

    Life is about learning and making the world a better place.

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  101. hello keith, just wanted to let you know i have moved my blog to a different address...please go to wordsareoxygen.blogspot.com to find it...have a great day

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  102. the meaning of life is to give life its meaning....read this somewhere but dont remember where.....we have to give life meaning by spreading happiness and love and kindness.......by cherishing innocence......

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  103. Love.

    To love one another and be able to be loved in return.

    Corinthians 13.4

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  104. I wonder what animals would answer. Love? Reproduction? Surviving? Or would they rather not even think about a philosophical question like that? We might be unique in the way that we are so desperately trying to find out what life means. I think that we all have to figure this out for ourselves and we won't all find the same answer. In the end the only thing that counts is that when our time comes we want to feel like we have given this life a meaning. So wether it'll be love, compassion, family, seeing beauty in the little things, laughing....it doesn't matter if anybody agrees with us. We need to find our meaning in it. To me life is love in all its forms. Being as deeply in love as I am with you has made me feel that I found the meaning of life for me, but I can't ignore the effect it also has: it makes me love my friends more because I'm feeling so loved, it makes me appreciate my family more, the animals in my life, even every flower and tree. So to me - loving and spreading nothing but love has become the meaning of my life ever since I met you. Before I met you, I don't know if I would have had an answer to this question. That's how much our love made me grow - another aspect of love that gives life its meaning :)
    I love you, honey. Thank you for everything that you are!

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  105. I strongly believe the meaning of life is in sharing :)

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  106. My purpose of life is to glorify God the meaning of my life is that I have a purpose.

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  107. The meaning of life? Le sens de la vie – “Le sens de la vie est la plus pressante des questions” – Albert Camus.

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  108. I believe it is having children and grandchildren that gives meaning to my life.

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  109. Do all the good you can whenever you can.....

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  110. Love, of course! Kindness, joy, compassion ~ living life to the fullest, learning & growing ~ healing. Life is a beautiful thing to be appreciated, cherished, shared. It's a miracle, a gift! :)

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  111. Well that is a hard one! I think to be happy and to experience new things. Be kind and try to enjoy every moment. :)
    ~Jess

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  112. Life as we perceive it is just consciousness taking form. Be present and be part of the collective consciousness.

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  113. I don't know if there is a meaning to life. We are here. That's about it.

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  114. Keith did you deactivate your fb account again? lol Are you coming back?

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  115. Too many layers and too short an area to truly answer. I guess the short answer is to live my life in such a way to make my Creator proud of me. That covers a whole lot of actions by walking my talk.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  116. "No less than the moon and stars, you have a right to be here."

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  117. Love. :-). Nothing was ever accomplished in life without love.

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  118. To try to give and receive happiness...

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  119. I am not sure... I would say that it depends on the kind of person who writes the answer maybe because the meaning of life is socially (or personally) constructed so it is related to what is accepted or appreciated by a given culture or society or individual. Indeed, the need to find a meaning itself is generated by a civilization which likes to look for complex responses to unsolved questions.

    To me life is mainly about acceptance of what is and this means that maybe (only maybe) life does not need a predetermined meaning to be meaningful...

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  120. It's easy. Love others and be loved.

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  121. The two best quotes about life: "The meaning of life is to give life meaning." and "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."

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