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I’m Here..What’s Your Excuse?

by on March 14, 2011

                There have been countless books, speeches, lectures, pamphlets, leaflets, and other forms of expression attempting to define the meaning of life. The meaning of life is one of those questions that seems to, in some way or another, be on all our minds at least once in a while if not constantly.

                The answers range from worshiping a deity to amassing large quantities of wealth, having and caring for your family, or whatever. The point being that the options are infinite and the only solution to this never ending debate is to recognize once and for all that there is in fact no meaning to life whatsoever.

                We need to understand that our being here is contingent, for it wouldn’t defy rationality, logic, or any law of nature for us to never have existed. Nor would it defy any of the aforementioned categories to be born at a different time, different place, and different circumstances with a different upbringing, socioeconomic status, and experiences. So in a way, my existence is quite contingent, meaning not a necessary.

                Now, this is where all those above choices come in. So let’s take our contingent ontology and throw in the fact that due to our differing facticities (time, culture, parents- things we can’t choose), and we quickly realize that our subjective nature (mind, opinions, goals, fears, etc.) are also completely contingent on variables that we really have no control over.

                These layered contingencies create a lot of ambiguity in the question; what is the meaning of ‘Life’ but it does create a lot of room to create your own meaning- whatever it may be. It is the ‘training’ so to speak from your facticity that helps shape your future meaning. Now, along with this facticity is your future plans- these are things that in many ways you can have a lot of influence on. So, next time you accept someone else’s meaning to life as the ‘Meaning to Life’ you better hope that you are talking to your clone, for if not, the soothsayer is merely attempting to have you see the world as he/she do….which won’t help you at all.


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