Challenges: Purpose and Meaning
“The more the universe seems comprehensible,
the more it also seems pointless.”
“Life is a coral reef.
We each leave behind the best, the strongest
deposit we can so that the reef can grow.
But what’s important is the reef.”
(quoting her father)
Life, at times, can seem pointless. Hard work may come to nothing and, even if goals are reached, results may only last for a while. We may ask, “Why bother?” “Why care?” and find it hard to pick a direction or try. And, beyond personal concerns, questions can extend to the meaning of life or of the purpose of the cosmos overall.
As is discussed in links, below, these types of questions have been addressed by religions, and may be considered by religious naturalists:
What is the purpose of life?
(Why are we here? What should we do?)
How can I find a sense of meaning in my life?
(What might we care about and work toward,)
and how might we look at what we do?)
Cartoon: Don Addis