By Daniel Ugbang
God or no God, if life is to be really meaningful, it must be so in a way which speaks to our own projects, needs, or desires and not just the purpose of whatever or whoever created us.
I am saying this because a lot of individuals have been forced to believe that purpose is most discoverable when we align ourselves to God or our creator. But this is absurd, as belief in a religion or a God does not necessary guarantee ones discovery of purpose.
Incidentally, the theory of evolution doesn’t provide life with any meaning either. Evolution tells us that the reason why we are here is, in some sense, to replicate DNA. But this is a purely external explanation of why we exist and what biological functions we fulfil.
This no more explains the meaning of life than saying you were conceived so that your parents could claim extra child benefit. It gives part of the casual story of why you were born; it does not tell you why your life is significant, if indeed it is.
If we start thinking about life’s meaning independently of the purpose of a creator, a natural way to start off is by thinking about our own purpose or goals.
It does seem that many people do look at life’s meaning in this way. They talk about what they want to have achieved by age of 30, 50, or 65 with the implicit assumption that reaching these goals will fulfil them and make life meaningful.
The question now is, what makes life truly meaningful?
Photo credit: Fellowship Christian School
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