Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Meaning of life

"What is the meaning of life" is my highly googled search query, when I was in college. After reading most of the famous philosophy and life lessons books, I finally resorted to Google, which also, without much surprise did not answer the question, rather presented it s assumptions. Great books, to quote a few: the Monk who sold his ferrari by Robin Sharma, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Devil and miss Prym, Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Man's search for meaning by Frankl and many more great legacies; none of which helped me in my search.

Most of us must have crossed this stage, only to realize later that it is us who define the meaning of our lives. People, atleast most of them, know what the end result that they want. Some choose to be Doctors, some engineers and some entrepreneurs. But most don't really define how they would get to where they want. This would take a lot of time, experience and pain. One can use pain and emotionally supercharge oneself to work for their ultimatum, but the problem with emotions is that they are dangerously volatile and don't obey the norms of logic or rationality.

Frankl says meaning of one's life is defined by how he/she reacts to pain and problems. That may be right. But are pain and emotional manipulation the only ways to accelerate growth? Isnt it rational that if one wants something, one would work toward the same. That is what rationality dictates, but we all know that incontraire to that, humans are mostly irrational beings. Rationality itself is a subjective word, and hence cannot be defined clearly.

Bottom-line is, it is up to oneself to define one's rationality and logic. It is up to others to follow it or not. But if you firmly believe something to be the meaning for your existence, just make sure you stick with it till the end and never give up on it anytime in-between.


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