The Meaning Of Life

Speaking in your mother tongue doesn‘t stress you at all, while having a conversation in another language might result in hard mental work. Even if you are fluent, let‘s say, in french, it most probably requires a significant effort to produce the melodious timbre of a Parisian. Whereas we have internalized and synchronized our native languages with our thoughts, we have to systematically translate our thinking into foreign words.

This seems a good analogy to me when someone asks for the meaning of life. I haven’t counted them but my strong guess is that self-help guidebooks directly or loosely related to this crucial question represent the biggest single category of all non-fiction.

A million miles away from being a professional advisor in vital questions, I know one thing for sure: finding the meaning of life is as easy as speaking in one‘s mother tongue. to realise that the meaning if life is nothing else than life itself, seems to be a gargantuan challenge for most people, but actually is a no-brainer. If you see yourself as an individual part of and your personal contribution to our world in its entirety, you‘ve already got the point.

Take a step back, for a moment and imagine an anthill. At first glance, this anthill seems to be a mound of earth. However, when zooming in, you finally recognize hundreds of thousands of tiny ants –  all of them apparently moving in some kind of synchronised way. Our world is like this anthill: from a higher perspective, we individuals seem to behave in synch with each other. When one of us leaves (i.e. dies), some others might change their behaviors for some time, but most of us don‘t. The sum of all human beings creates what we call life. And each individual plays an important, if tiny, role in it.


From the very moment, we understand that each one of us adds her or his contribution to a greater common something – i.e. life –  we accept that each individual is only complete seen as part of everything. That means, we don‘t live apart from everybody else, but we all share one life. Thus, each individual is responsible not only for her individuality, but for her contribution to the big picture. In that sense, a part of ourself is represented in all other creatures, as well as others are represented in ourself.
How could we kill anybody, if, as a result, we kill ourselves? How could we not be happy and kind to others, if, as a result, we would be angry and naughty towards ourselves?

This is the meaning of life. We don‘t have to search for it, particularly not in the external world. We already know it, deep inside our bodies.  We have internalized it, in the same way as our mother tongue. It‘s as simple as that.

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