Existence and Meaning, Inspirational Insight No. 70
People are encased in a framework by which they assess life. This framework alters from the perspective of different nations, cultures and experiences. Family procedures and beliefs influence our childhoods, while young adults delve into break-away thinking. The advice we accept and that which we relinquish are equally important as we uncover new directions. Existence and meaning can be deep cryptic contemplations that hover within plain view, though answers seem to elude capture at the very last minute. Focusing on one’s self and humanities existence can be perplexing and it is not always encouraged. Questions and answers about origins, life and the universe will always linger in the minds of the curious.
Life’s meaning could sit with a simple framework of play, discovery, education, employment, love, family and longevity, though this path may not be an obtainable. Existence, the reason we are alive at all, as individuals and as a species is more complex. Maybe a combination of standard living and philosophical exploration creates a satisfactory answer to the big questions most people will ask? Satisfaction often seems unreachable for a large part of the human population. The desire for more has been forcefully embedded in our psyche since childhood, a sort of deceptive imagery of what we must have to be acceptable or happy. Survival has been won to some degree, but that is not a guarantee of continuation. Are we ready as a species to see through the fallacies and take it back to its foundations? Do we have the clarity of mind to focus on what is important or are we too imbedded in the system?
The meaning of life is a treasure belonging to the whole. It has many small parts that need to be experienced or observed. It takes time to build the calm emotional intelligence needed to see it clearly and even then it may change according to you view of the world. At a glance you could say the meaning of an individual’s life is to: love, enjoy, wonder, belong, learn, empathise, assist, survive, empower and create. But are these the words we base our lives on? Is our current living framework based on greed, advancement, status, obsession, superiority, inequality and aggression, with just a scattering of the benevolent? If the system is not supporting a positive future where other people are not seen as competition, we will never be a whole people.
We have to grow in an alternative direction to reach our purpose and fulfilment. One that helps us flourishes without a disregard for nature and other individuals. Could our creativity bring us hope and emotional development? People are sources of wondrous inventiveness, something that is not always valued in the framework unless it has a high monetary value. Creativity is a kind of active love, when people create something new the soul is in its genius state and negativity is banished to the outer realms. Creativity and contemplation bring clarity; so by encouraging this we are able to see the deceptions and falsehoods in daily life.
The search for existence and meaning is vital for the individual and crucial for humanities survival.
Sharon D Bush
Writer Historian Artisan Sage
Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).