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Meaning of Life

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The secret to life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly deceived.
- Oscar Wilde

The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

Perhaps you are rotting away working at a government job and wondering about many aspects of life, including the meaning of life. You are not alone.

Entrepreneur George Montegu Black, father of former media baron Lord Conrad Black (now in jail), suffered a few career disappointments and became melancholy in his later years.

Shortly before his death, George Montegu Black is reported to have proclaimed, "Life is hell, everything is bullshit, and most people are bastards."

Perhaps Black experienced True Enlightenment when he made that statement.

Or is there more to life? In a study reported in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, three academics analyzed 238 quotations from 195 people ranging from Rousseau to Bob Dylan in an attempt to find a clue as to the meaning of life.

Here are the top ten:

  1. Life is to be enjoyed. (17 percent of the sample)
  2. We are here to love and help others. (13 percent)
  3. Life is a mystery. (13 percent)
  4. There is no cosmic meaning. (11 percent)
  5. We are here to serve or worship God. (11 percent)
  6. Life is a struggle. (8 percent)
  7. We must make a contribution to society. (6 percent)
  8. Our mission in life is to seek wisdom/truth, and to become self-actualized. (6 percent)
  9. We must create meaning for ourselves. (5 percent)
  10. Life is absurd or a joke. (4 percent)

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain
 

One more note on the meaning of life: While discussing this with one of my friends, he replied, "My dad once worked with an educated man. He told my dad the following: 'There is only one truth ... everything in life is a fraud.' "


Why You Believe in God

Believe in God

If you are highly religious, have you ever wondered why you believe in God?

People are drawn to religion for various reasons; in fact, there are 16 different needs that people are hoping to fulfill.

According to Steven Reiss, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State University, the needs are:

  • power
  • independence
  • curiosity
  • acceptance
  • order
  • saving
  • honor
  • idealism
  • social contact
  • family
  • status
  • vengeance
  • romance
  • eating
  • physical exercise
  • tranquility

In his research focusing mainly on Christians, Professor Reiss found that religious people had a strong need for interdependence with others.

On the other hand, people who were not religious showed a stronger need to be self-reliant and dependent.

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