The Meaning of Life


What is the meaning of life?
That is a great question, but it is not the only question, and perhaps it is not even the best question. 

Here is another question, similar theme, but very different focus:
How can my life become more meaningful?

Do you see the difference between these two? The first question may involve reflection and discovery, even insight. But... technically, that is all that question is designed to achieve - an understanding about the meaning of life. (Note - the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q & A #1 is a pretty good place to begin on this.)

The second question "presupposes" some understanding of the meaning of life, but it AIMS to go beyond understanding.
It is more intentional...
It is seeking a transformation and upgrade.
It is RESULTS oriented. It desires fruitfulness.
It will involve implementation and execution of the things necessary to experience a meaningful life.

Ultimately, what do you want?
To know what meaning and purpose is?
Or do experience and live in a way that is bursting with such meaning, purpose, focus and experience?

I will borrow one name that is anathema to many, but even a "blind squirrel" can occasionally find a nut. Here is one such nut (that turns out to be a gem).

Karl Marx interpret the world the point is to change itThe philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point, however, is to change it. Karl Marx

Understanding and interpretation is always and only a step toward a greater goal. That goal is change and transformation. This is the Desired Outcome, the End Result, the Dream and Destination, the Goal and Vision.

So go ahead and ask about meaning... but don't stop there. Ask that second question as well.

And let me ask it of you.

  1. How can your life become more meaningful?
  2. Will you embrace what is necessary so it will become more meaningful?
  3. When will you start?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

LCI - helping you live a more meaningful life of leadership and love.