Sunday, January 18, 2009

Is This All There Is?

What do these three things have in common?

1. The bus sign campaign in London proclaiming, ""There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and go and enjoy your life.""

2. This song (originally by Peggy Lee, covered nicely by Bette Middler):

3. And the book of Ecclesiastes:

"Meaningless! Meaningless!"
says the Teacher.
"Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless."

What does man gain from all his labor
at which he toils under the sun?


What is our reason for striving? For persevering? For pressing on? Even "the Teacher," though he refers to God still limits his search for purpose and meaning to this physical life. And I guess the conclusion of all three of these pieces is that there is no meaning to be found if we limit our viewpoint that way. Somehow a transcendent view is needed or we will never come to a satisfying conclusion as to our purpose here other than to find enjoyment.

But is that possible? Does anyone truly find enjoyment when the big questions of life remain unanswered? Or is it just denial we settle for? As long as nothing comes along to shake us out of that state of fragile bliss. And of course one thing is guaranteed in life. Something will always come along and do just that.

Then what?

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