“So — what is the meaning of life? I think people ask that question on the assumption that ‘meaning’ is something you can look for and go, ‘Here it is, I found it. Here’s the meaning I’ve been looking for.’ That scenario, however, doesn’t consider the possibility that ‘meaning’ is something you create…you manufacture it for yourself and for others.
So when I think of ‘meaning’ in life, I ask, ‘Did I learn something today that I didn’t know yesterday, bringing me a little closer to knowing all that can be known in the universe?’ If I live a day and I don’t know a little more than I did the day before, I think I wasted that day. To think brings you closer to nature. To learn how things work gives you power to influence events. Gives you power to help people who may need it — to help yourself and your trajectory.
So when I think of the meaning of life, that’s not an eternal, unanswerable question — to me, that’s in arm’s reach of me everyday.”
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Music: “All Boundaries Are Conventions” from the motion picture, “Cloud Atlas,” by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil and Tom Tykwer
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