Every one of us has asked the same question either to ourselves or to other people. Yet people could never give answer that is as definite as to clear up the cobwebs of our minds regarding the matter.
That is because life means differently for each and every one of us. Every answer someone gives you is based on his own thoughts and inclinations, and if your mind is not on the same set as theirs the answer will still feel empty and incomplete.
Some people treat financial success and stability as the meaning and purpose to their life. Others find meaning in their relationships, while others in their activities which they have fun with. We only live once, some people may say, and we should live it with gusto. Hence, they succumb to the material perks and perspective of this world.
From this, you could see that the individual person’s interpretation of the meaning of life drives his deeds. They do these things to satisfy their own personal quests for self-satisfaction. Hence, we could infer that the real meaning of life lies in the peace of mind and fulfillment that we all seek in our daily lives.
Because of this, we could conclude that seeking for the meaning of life is actually seeking peace and fulfillment. Peace of mind cannot be attained through material means, and fulfillment is not the fleeting satisfaction that we all feel when we buy something that we have longed to acquire for quite some time. So how can one achieve this?
Finding Peace of Mind
Confucius’ Golden Rule says, “Do not do unto others what you don’t want them to do unto you.” The Hindu concept of karma, on the other hand, says that everything that we do will come back to us one way or another. Christians also are strongly driven by the thought of an afterlife where we are segregated into heaven or hell depending on the deeds that we do in our earthly life, and thus their morals are driven by this concept.
Let us compare a thief and an honest person for example. A thief spends his life in fear of the law. He does not sleep well in the night because somehow in the back of his mind there lingers a worry that someone might turn him over to the police. An honest man, on the other hand, does not have these worries. He doesn’t worry at night that policemen might suddenly kick down his door, handcuff him, and drag him to the station.
In a nutshell, we all find our peace of mind by doing the right things all the time. This is fairly difficult to do, because we are all humans and imperfect, thus most of the times we fall prey to the materialistic inclinations of this world rather than the spiritual. Spiritual here does not mean we have to align ourselves to any religious denomination. Instead, it means that we always strive to be morally upright despite the pressures of this world.
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