Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Dear Diary - The Meaning of life
What does it mean to be alive? What is the point of life? What IS the meaning of life.
I’ve listened to a lot of Christians talk about this subject and they all seem to boil down to one thing: being active all the time. One conversation went along the lines the following:
“You’re born, then what?”
“I grow up”
“I get married and have kids”
“I become a grandfather.”
“I’m resurrected to eternal life.”
“I learn about being a spirit being and help others as they are resurrected.”
“I’m given a planet to create other beings to raise to eternal life, so that they can enjoy the spirit life.”
“Keep on doing that for eternity.”
But is that what life is about? Constantly doing things, never resting?
The clues about the meaning of life are peppered throughout the bible, in both the old and new testament, and from what I’ve read, and the thinking I’ve been pursuing based on that reading, I’m led to one conclusion. The meaning of life is to share that life.
It’s not a constant ‘busyness’, never relaxing. God spent six days working, but then sat back with Christ and enjoyed his creation, shared it with his soul mate. I would love to have been listening into their conversation on that first day of rest.
At the end of the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon says that we are to eat, drink and be merry. Also in that book of wisdom, and through the proverbs, we are told that it is good to rest and enjoy the fruits of our work and it is not a good idea to continually work.
A good marriage is one where things are shared. Not just the work, but also the down times, the holidays, the resting. Thoughts and ideas and mulled over, even if the two people don’t agree. They share the life they have. Children share their time with other children and have more fun when they’re together as do whole families.
Those that do nothing but work? Where is their sharing and enjoyment?
Christ said that he came to give us an abundant life, yet never once said this was to be attained by great wealth or constant working. Besides, isn’t that what the Sabbath day is for? To rest, relax and share?
Think back on the best moments of your life. Were you alone or with someone?
Modern life, civilisation and its economy thrive on work, busyness and people being an individual standing on their own. That, I think, is the main reason modern life is so sad: people have no one to share it with.
It has no meaning.