The Meaning of Life

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The question that everyone has asked or thought about, the question that plague's mankind, the question which is… What is the meaning of life?Everyone questions the meaning of life, but if you think about the question; the meaning, what is the meaning to anything? The only things that have meanings are the things that we have given a meaning, the things we have created.

But the question is the meaning of life. Life was not created by man, and yet the only things we know that have meanings have been created by man. So maybe to find the meaning of life (which was not created by man) we have to look at other things which were not created by man. Such as animals and plants. Animals, to humans, DO have meanings, whether it's for fun, love, food, sport etc. Trees which we have given the meaning of shelter, furniture, fire etc.

But these things which were not man made only have a meaning because we gave them one. But this does still not answer the question of what is the meaning of life. Well the dictionary says (skip if you can't be bothered, or already know)"The condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally."Which, if you can't be bothered reading, says, "things that live". Now maybe that's all our meaning is, is to live, and be alive. But for some people that isn't enough, and they need a definite answer.

Some people do have a meaning of life, and that meaning was given to them by god. A hell of a lot of people in the world, believe in god, but a hell of a lot of people don't.