1. What is the point of life?
The point of life is to live. It’s that simple. To live, to exist, to be. And perhaps along the way you can create art, help people and just make living in this world a bit better for others as well.
2. What is love?
Love is a feeling of deep-seated affection. It can make life momentarily worth living without knowing why we exist in the first place. It is a source of comfort in a chaotic and merciless world. Just don’t get too attached, because like all things, I assure you, it is temporary. That’s how people get hurt or disappointed. They clutch to love like drowning men, only to sink to further depths once it leaves them. Treat love like ice-cream. It’s yummy, but only for a short while, because soon you will have consumed it, and it will be gone. Sometimes you can even lose love while the source of your love is still with you. Stagnant marriages, for instance. People get used to people, and try to find new people to feel excited about all over again, a different flavor of ice-cream. Enjoy it, but always remember, it doesn’t last.
3. Does life have meaning?
You are just a manifestation of the universe. You’re extraordinary, but you weren’t bestowed with any divine path. It’s like asking whether chocolate has any meaning. Chocolate doesn’t have any inherent meaning. It’s just made of beans, from a plant, or, if want to go deeper, just atoms assembled in the right way to create what humans call chocolate. But it’s tasty, isn’t it? Humans find it tasty. It makes us happy. So, we give our lives our own meaning, knowing that it is overall meaninglessness, but, hey, this chocolate sure tastes good doesn’t it?
4. What is death?
Death is an absence of existence. It is nothing to be scared about. The only reason humans fear it is because we can’t imagine a world without us in it, we fear the abyss, and rightly so – the moment you die, your view of the world, your little bubble of existence, one pair of the universe’s eyes with which it uses to view itself, so to speak, dies with you. Think about the time before you were born. Can you recall any of that? Nothing, right? And how can anything bother you when you aren’t there to be bothered? There have been billions of years during which you did not exist, and there will be billions after you die. It’s just the way it is. All of existence is a puddle of water, and sometimes here and there little crystals form, and others melt, an endlessly shifting white kaleidoscope of building and disintegrating patterns. Look, there you are. That little snowflake. And aren’t you pretty!
5. I am depressed, fat, ugly, lonely, single and worthless. No-one would care if I died. I just want to kill myself. Should I?
And I’ll tell you why.
Whether you kill yourself or not actually doesn’t matter. Either way, the universe doesn’t care. The world won’t care, people won’t care – they’ll just go on with their lives. The earth will continue to revolve around the sun, the grass will grow. This does not only apply to you – this is the case for every single living creature on this planet. The opposite is true as well. Most people on this planet do not care that you’re alive. Everyone is much too busy worrying about themselves and their own lives.
So why not live?
If both mean nothing to the universe, why not live, since living has greater meaning for you, at the very least? If they’re both sides of the same coin, why not choose existence, choose to be conscious and experience life as a homo sapien? Living is always better than dying. Always. If you’re dead, you can do nothing. If you’re alive, you can do things, you can improve your situation, you can make things better, you can get help, you can fix or change your reality. And if you live, you can also make life worth it, you can make people care, make the world care, by bestowing your gifts, by helping people, by making the world shimmer with your own brand of magic, even if it’s for a little while, and that’s nice. That’s damn nice.
Besides, you can’t enjoy chocolate or ice-cream if you’re dead, so there’s that.
PS: These are only my opinions and insights, as an atheist. You are completely free to disagree.
PSS: Being the philosophical little lass I am, I’m wondering about making meaningful questions a regular thing. What do you guys think? If you’d like it to be so, comment and ask some of your deep questions and I’ll answer them all in another Meaningful Questions post. I love you all, fellow human beings, and never stop dreaming.