"What is the Meaning of Life?"
The answer is that Life is whatever you make it. There is no meaning, unless you give it purpose. You can either lead a life of fulfilment, or one that is empty and devoid of meaning. The choice is yours.
The impetus to give Life it's meaning, though, is Death. Without death, we would not be motivated to ask the question in the first place, since there would be no catalyst to survive, to create, to destroy, or to evolve. Evolution, then, is a struggle to avoid death in the first place, a struggle to make it obsolete.
It is often said that the pursuit of happiness is a sure-fire way to court unhappiness. The reason being that happiness is not hiding behind some rock or tree, waiting for you to discover it. Instead, it is something that must be manufactured from within. Life gives you a rich playground in which to play, but it is up to you to get into the sandbox, make new friends and share your toys, or stand on the sidelines wishing that you could have as much fun as everyone else is.
Death gives life structure. It gives life a beginning and an end. That, in itself, provides some impetus to make something of what you've got. However, it's not enough. So, fate was invented to provide the twists and turns that make things more exciting. Fate is the roller coaster ride. In other words, you never know exactly when you're going to die. Not knowing makes life more exhilarating.
It is not a leap, then, to say that Death makes Life more fun. Flirting with Death is, also, very exciting. Success is sweeter when it is born from hardship, because it means you have out-manouevered failure, which is, in itself, a kind of death.
We have often advocated, here on SEAM, the importance of "Thinking inside the box". Without a box, thinking can't flourish. We need boundaries in which to be more creative. By struggling against something, against the box, innovation is born.
This may explain why struggle is so inherent to Life, itself. It makes achievement worthwhile, brings people together (just as it can drive them apart), and helps us to manufacture meaning.
Death is what makes life worth living.
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